Saving Native Songbirds One by One In Orange County California
Temporary Care for all Birds.
Temporary Care Instructions for All Birds…
1) NO food or water
2) Keep the bird warm. Tissue filled shoebox or other small box with holes in lid. Place on Heating Pad on "LOW."
3) Keep bird in a dark, quiet place.
4) Leave the bird alone; don't handle or bother it.
5) Keep children and pets away.
6) Call a wildlife rehabilitator
Keeping a native wild bird in the State of California is against the law if you don't have a permit, even if you plan to release the bird.
Raising an orphaned bird takes from four to eight weeks. Naked and pin-feathered nestlings must be fed every 20-30 minutes. The feeding schedule then extends to 45 minutes and so on. The baby birds are fed from 7am to 8pm for four to six weeks. When they become self-feeding, they are provided with a natural diet for that specific species (grains, etc. for seed eaters; mealworms, fruit and berries for the insect and fruit eaters). After being self-feeding for one week, they are placed in an outdoor aviary for two weeks to fly and compete with others.