Be a mom (or dad) again ~~ Rescue Orphaned Birds!
My name is Karen de la Carriere and my passion for birds has been a lifelong love affair. I will be sharing this passion with you. You will especially learn from this website how to care for baby birds, both wild life birds and pet babybirds (sometimes rejected by parents).
The keynote in all of this is RESCUE. You are taking a living creature and helping it survive. What else is more important in any kind of hobby? Nothing rehabilitates the human soul as giving HELP. I have coached many a friend who complained of depression, mood swings, unhappy relationships and gotten them out of the misery by giving them the hat of Bird Rescue. When you are busy busy helping wild life ~ ~ you are bringing out your own basic goodness ~~ the rewards are quite remarkable.
In Memoriam ~~ this site is dedicated to my beloved GULLY
"Gully" (Gulliver) was a grey cockatiel that touched my heart. He was a very early rescue.
Having been plucked away from his siblings and parents at an early age he was stuck in solitary in a cage with owners that rarely paid him any attention.
In his loneliness he would call out ~~ talk, sing, whistle which annoyed his own owners who threw dark blanket over the cage to shut him up.
Thus Gully lived for a full 10 years of his life. Almost always in total darkness. He began self mutilating, plucking out all his feathers. By the time he was brought to me, he was all skin with no feathers and having seizures. I did not think he would make it through the night.
With a lot of TLC, treats, fresh fruit and veggies, Gully came around. He became my son. In early days I wrapped him in a little handtowel and stuck him in my bra so he travelled with me when I was driving and out and about. We bonded in that special way only a bird and a human can. I did not leave him alone for a moment. He lived one more year. He valiantly tried to come out of his abusive upbringing by showing me he was happy. He even learned to wolf whistle. He would give me tender kisses (nips) with his beak and loved to bite my earrings. When Gully passed, the loss was overwhelming but to celebrate his life, I contributed to the species. I currently have 2 huge flight aviaries with a connecting tunnel and 12 cockatiels who are happy happy birds and all because of GULLY.
- Cockatiel Cottage - A very useful Cockatiel Site!
In the beginning .......
And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." Genesis 1:21
Is it a BOY or a GIRL?
Cardinal Law and Rule #1 on Birds
A bird does not do well in solitary. A Bird is a flock species, community living type creature. It gets sick, develops problems and dies early when kept in solitary.
I do not understand why this one fact is not broadcast over and over on the web. It is a VITAL piece of data. Just visualize yourself captured by another species and put in cage for solitary existence with no other human to communicate with. How would you do over a long period of time?
About 10 years someone brought me a sparrow that had been in the mouth of a cat. A bird rarely survives this. Even if no puncture wound. There is poison/bacteria in the saliva of a cat that kills the bird 2-3 days later. In this case the bird actually was turning his head in a lilt like he had a spinal injury. My avian Vet thought the prognosis was grim and told me he would not fly again. He survived the 3 day deadline and lived. I was jubilant..he was a survivor. However I noted he was miserable. 2 weeks went by. He was not doing any better. I went to the pet store and told my story and asked for a companion bird, the size of the sparrow. Finches are the obvious choice. Well, I brought the finch home as a companion to the sparrow and what a great move that was ! The sparrow got better and better. He would sit side by side with his new buddy, white finch I called "Buddy" They preened themselves, they chatted to each other. I saw my injured sparrow get better day by day.
Providing your orphan a home
Someone calls you with a bird... now what?
The first thing you should do is tell them to them to place the bird in a darker place like a shoe box. Place the bird into a rolled up sock or hand towel so that the bird has clutch. To punch some air holes in the box lid.
I get my Equestrian friends to drop off a large sack of hay once a month. I use this hay to make nests in little weaved baskets they sell in any Thrift store for 50 cents. Babies should be placed with the head raised upwards (plump up the hay) and not dangling downwards.
Baby birds are Equal Opportunity Employers! There is no fighting between babies. They are all raised in the same nest, cuddling with each other like a family ~~baby scrub jays, sparrows, finches, bluejays and so on. They live and grow up as a family.
~~Nothing gives a baby more comfort and feeling of safety than huddling up next to another baby ~~This is "nesting."