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Posted 12th June 2012, 10:14 AM
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Found baby bird at a Home Depot


So my roommate works at a Home Depot. And in the garden center was this feathered baby bird sitting in the middle of an aisle waiting to be run over. I don't *think* feathered enough to be a fledgling (No way he can fly with these feathers I don't think).

Looked around for a nest but nothing. He took it in and drove it to me on lunch.

I'm not entirely sure what it is. We're in Michigan (metro detroit area) and the most common birds would be like a sparrow, blackbird etc.

He looks decently healthy, mouth looks moist like it should.

I have heard you could feed crickets? And earthworms are bad? We have what are called "Dubia Cockroaches". They are not a house roach and have no disease. They are better in every way to a cricket (8 times the protein, less shell etc). They've been used for years for any insectivore I know of.

I feed them as a staple to all of my reptiles.

But trying to find info on whether or not a bird could eat them is tough. I have to assume if they can eat crickets, they can eat the roaches (as everything else that's an insectivore can eat these roaches).

Uploaded pictures as well. You can see his wings are not fully feathered. Any info would be great, thanks.
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Posted 12th June 2012, 11:30 AM
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Looks like a baby starling to me. This forum has a lot of great information.

http://www.starlingtalk.com/guide.htm
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Thanks! I did sign up with them, but you have to be approved which seems like a slow process.
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Posted 12th June 2012, 11:56 AM
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You can feed the baby soaked kitten chow. Soak it in warm water so it's soft. Break the pieces into pea size morsels and put them at the back of his throat and he will probably swallow. If not, you may need to put them a little down the throat until he figures out what you are trying to do. A baby bird this size should be fed every 30 minutes, sun up to sun down and as much as he wants to eat.
The food should aways be fed warm and only soak enough for a couple of feedings. You don't way the soaked food around to long as bacteria will set in, making the baby sick. You can also feed hard boiled egg, bits of berries. You can feed worms, but they must be washed first.

It's also important to keep the baby warm. Most use a heating pad, set on the low setting.
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Thanks! We actually saw on the website about the cat food recipe.

Our cat food is actually 32% protein to 16% fat, almost exactly the recommended ratio. Do we make it into a moosh, like the starling website says?

The only difference is, trout is the first thing, followed by fish meal. This is the Taste of the Wild canyon river. No chicken. But this is one of the best cat foods to feed (nothing like corn etc in it). Is this OK?

The room the baby is in, is 85 F. He's got a "towel nest" inside a box.
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No...you don't need to make it into a mush. Just feed pea size pieces or slightly larger.
I've raised many starlings and sparrows this way. It's ok.
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Thanks! Well so far so good. He started eating a little less the last 2 feedings (probably caught up with being full).

Pooping, chirping etc.

He does have mites I've noticed. Not a ton. If I understand correctly, I want to use "Sevin Dust, 5%"? Is this the same sevin dust from stores like Home Depot in the garden area?

How much do I apply? I know to not apply to the face. But do I apply a thin coat to everywhere else, including his little nest/box?

I don't want him to look like a powdered doughnut lol.
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I'd get a mite spray from a pet store.
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