Welcome our new addition to the family.
Ok, so she is not a chicken, but we are not speciesist. Meet our baby pigeon. Still unnamed.
Suggestions would be welcome.
Taking the kids to school yesterday I spotted her little grey form on the pavement. I stopped the car. She was shivering and had her eyes closed. I always find it a hard call to decide whether to leave a stranded baby bird in the hopes that the parents are around and continue to care for it, , which may, or may not be the case….. Or, to take the baby, and risk it not surviving the stress of removal, and the possibility that it may have also been ok had it been left.
I decided to take her.
The road around her was busy, I could not see or hear the parents, she was bordering on lifeless, and there was a good chance she had fallen from the nest over night, in which case she had suffered exposure over night.
I got her home, and placed a small drop of honey on the inside of her beak. This is to raise sugar levels are help with shock. (All I know, which is not that much, but increasing daily,about raising small birds and sick chickens is info passed onto me by wildlife expert Karen Trendler, and good load of research on the net).
I syringed 2ml of AV+ (baby parrot food) into her beak, being careful not to push food into the lungs, which can happen easily. Placed her on a hot water bottle in a darkened box, and left her for 3 hours in the hope that I would eliminate stress.
She made it through the morning. Fed her again, increasing to 3ml.
She made it through the avie, with another feed.
Spoke to Karen late in the afternoon. This is what I learned, which I can share with you.
As long as the bird still has some of its fluffy feathers, the mom is more than likely still feeding it
If the droppings are green, then it is not getting enough food
at the age of our gorgeous baby, she will be learning to peck, so a small plate of tiny seed near her is recommended
Her crop needs to clear during the night, so a gap of no feeding of about 5 to 6 hours is recommended (this I know from chickens)
Keeping birds body temps up is really important. Birds have a higher body temp than humans (this too I know from the chooks)
Last feed at 8:30 to 9pm, and set my alarm for 5;30am to feed her.