How to Feed a Baby Bird

Baby birds sometimes fall from their nests, and sometimes are knocked out by storms or other natural causes. If you find a baby bird, here's how to feed it.


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You Will Need

  • Empty berry container
  • Heating pad
  • Dog kibble
  • Hot sugar water
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Hardboiled eggs
  • Baby cereal
  • Toothpicks
  • Canned cat or dog food
  • Lean raw beef
  • Fruit


  1. Step 1

    Place bird in berry container

    Place the baby bird in an empty berry container on top of a heating pad to it keep warm.

  2. Handle the bird only when necessary.

  3. Step 2

    Prepare food

    Prepare the food by soaking dog kibble in hot sugar water for 1 hour.

  4. Step 3

    Add egg and baby cereal

    Remove the kibble from the water and mix it with baby cereal and a hardboiled egg. Feed the baby bird with this mixture for the first couple of days.

  5. Step 4

    Make a small ball of mixture

    Make a pea-size ball with the food mixture and place it in the baby’s mouth using a toothpick.

  6. Never force food or water into the bird’s mouth.

  7. Step 5

    Feed every 15 minutes

    Feed the bird every 15 minutes over the first couple of days. When it's stronger, feed it every 30 to 60 minutes.

  8. Step 6

    Feed cat or dog food, meat, and fruit

    Feed the baby bird room temperature canned dog food, lean raw beef, and fruit after the first couple of days.

  9. Step 7

    Wean away food

    Wean it away from hand-feeding once it starts moving around.

  10. In 2007, an ostrich egg set a record for the largest egg from a living bird at 5 pounds 9 ounces.