About a week ago I noticed a nest in a hanging basket near our backdoor. We were watering the plant and got too close to the nest before we realized it.
The mom abandoned the baby so we took it in and have had it for 2 days. We're feeding it mealworms and moist dog food. (A wildlife rehabilitator said we should) and he is doing great. He is eating good, sleeping good, and going potty fine.
He's about a week old and pretty much has all his feathers. We were hoping to find someone that was experienced with Carolina Wrens so that they could raise him and then release them but no one has returned our phone calls and he should be fledging soon.
Has anyone ever hand-raised a wild baby bird and then set it free? What is the best way to do that? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
My husband found a baby gray squirrel in March that got blew out of his nest and was on the cold ground he did not even have his eyes open I nursed him by syringe till he got his eyes open and could eat it was the neatiest thing to have that experience.
I tried setting him free after he accicently bite me but all he did was run around the cage he was living in and would go back in I bought him this huge cage so he could climb I guess he got so use to me feeding and taking care of him he decided he wanted to be with us I really do not think he could of made it on his own but I saved his life and I am happy for that and I guess he will stay with us.
I know what you mean buy not wanting him stuck in a cage that is how I feel about Teenie that is what my son named him but I hate to see anything happen to him also you might check with some one who re enters wildlife back to nature they might could help good luck with your little one.
Is there a university with a vet school that you can drive to? I live in Champaign and the vet school here has a wildlife rehab program, they always take animals, any time day or night. I have brought them injured animals twice already.
I would say to keep trying to find a wildlife rehabber, private or at a university. If they aren't returning your calls/emails.... contact daily till you hear from them. ;) I know there aren't many of them, they are very busy, and may only contact the "persistent" folks they know are serious.
My mom in FL has raised chicks (doves, mockingbirds) from a young age but always handed them off to a rehabber eventually. Then her rehabber contact retired and she found a baby Quaker. My mom raised the Quaker parakeet, ended up becoming a pet because she is too comfortable with people. But she's not really a tame parrot and not a very good pet!