Of course i am going to keep this baby. His/her name is Casper. Just watching him as he eats his formla off the teaspoon and then tries to lick my fingar clean or while i give him scritches and he falls asleep but all the while stretching his neck out so i do not miss a spot brings such tears to my eyes. He is such a beautiful bird....and deserves the chance to grow up and live a long life. I already love him with all my heart.Just saw this, I've hand raised a sparrow and finch before. Loved it .
Found them both outside with no feathers on. There was no way I couldn't have saved them. Hand Feeding Formula Kaytee Exact is what I used. No worms. Some birds don't eat worms. Mostly seeds. The formula was the only thing I feed until I could incorporate higgins small fruit and veggie into there diet.
Are you going to keep the little sparrow as a pet ? Both of the babies I found were raised as pets.
I do not think she will ever lose her love for animals. In fact with each year that passes her passion for animals especially birds just gets stronger and stronger. At the age of 7 (she is 9 now) she hand reared her own baby cockatiel and a more responsible bird mommy you couldnt get. From a small age when asked when she wanted to be when she grows up it was always a doctor but the last 2 years she has shifted her focus to becoming an avian vet. She is only Grade 4 now but her knowledge of birds (especially tiels, budgies and other tame home birdies) amazes me. Some kids at her school often come to her and ask her about proper nutrition for their pet birds etc. She is truly a little bird whisperer.Thanks for the updates. Your daughter and you are both wonderful people. Make sure your daughter doesn't lose that love of animals!
I just know the little bird is in great hands and will do fine. Keep doing what you're doing, you sound like you're doing a great job!
I had him/her at the vet today. She is not a certified Avian vet, but has done many courses about birds etc, and she is a rehabilitator of rescued wildbirds. She said Casper is still a baby. His feathers have not even fully grown in over his chest yet. Still got yellow on the sides of beak. He/she is a STREAKY HEAD SEEDEATER.Does he have YELLOW on his beak? He doesnt look like a baby at all. I would say she is an adult female in winter plumage. Babies have yellow beaks which recedes a they get older. A fledgling baby sparrow will have yellow at the sides of the beak, to indicate its still young.
Ive rehabilitated many house sparrows and starlings, and crows and quite a few other birds.
I would say, do not feed dog or cat food. As a VERY YOUNG baby, you can, but as a maturing yougnster/fledgling, do not feed it dog or cat food. Its not a crow or a Jay, its a seed and bug eater. So feed seed and bugs, to wean it and get it to eat on its own.
If its an adult and your handfeeding it, more than likely she is ill. Which is why she is very tame and handable and taking feedings.
I'll post pics of my female house sparrow soon