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Wild Babies


Safe Handling

Bird feathers are very delicate and the natural oils on humans hands can strip them of their weatherproofing. Avoid handling and wear gloves.


When baby songbirds are ready to leave the nest, or fledge, they will have most of their adult feather cover and little bits of fluffy down sticking out in between. They can’t quite fly yet, so they will spend up to a week or more on the ground strengthening those flight muscles while the parents continue to care for and watch over them. This is a normal and crucial stage in development and so important that these babies are left alone to develop properly. Keep pets and children away until these fledglings can fly away on their own.

Fledglings in a dangerous area should not be moved more than 6 metres/20 feet or the parents will not be able to find and support them.

What you are witnessing may be perfectly normal behaviour. Look For:

  • Weakness or unconsciousness
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Discharge from the ears, eyes or nose
  • Large patches of missing/damaged feathers, fur or shell
  • Foreign objects stuck to or wrapped around the body
  • A deceased parent or siblings nearby
  • Bleeding
  • Open wounds
  • Fly eggs or maggots
  • Cat attack - even without visible or obvious wounds
  • Broken, injured or missing limbs – hindered movement
  • Non-stop shivering or crying

If you see any of these signs, the animal needs immediate help

As a volunteer powered charitable organization, we do not have the means or resources for pick ups or field rescues. We must rely on finders bringing animals in need of care to our facility.

Please do not bring animals to the centre without first confirming an intake time with a wildlife volunteer.
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