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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.


  • 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.
  • TIP: Handle the bird only when necessary.
  • Step 2: Prepare food Prepare the food by soaking dog kibble in hot sugar water for 1 hour.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Never force food or water into the bird’s mouth.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Step 7: Wean away food Wean it away from hand-feeding once it starts moving around.
  • FACT: In 2007, an ostrich egg set a record for the largest egg from a living bird at 5 pounds 9 ounces.

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

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