I wonder if somebody has got some experience with fledgling
Herring Gulls. Today morning I have been called to a trapped Herring Gull, which I have been told was stuck there for at least four days, most likely without water or food as the parents would have had problems to get there easily. The bird was very lethargic and weak, therefore I couldn't release the bird straight back onto the roof to join its family flock, as I normally would have done. I have rehydrated the bird, have done the usual first aid things and started with assisted feeding this evening, as the bird is refusing to eat. The gull is now starting to get back to normal and seems to be on the way of recovery, I hope.
Will the parents accept their chick back at all? If so, is there a maximum time span one could wait until the bird gets released back to join its parents / flock, like there is for example for crows? Do other gulls would "adopt" juveniles, or in other words, do gulls tolerate orphan juvenile gulls joining their offspring, as in my opinion my gull is not completely weaned and would have normally followed their parents round for another couple of weeks? All the questions above are aiming for a quick release possibly over the weekend.
Many thanks for your advice!