If you make a habit of traversing the great outdoors, you’ve probably seen a lot of nature. There are so many different kinds of plants and animals out there that you’d never notice if you’re inside staring at screens all day.
In the springtime, there is always a glut of new life. Plants grow and bloom, birds break into song, and babies of all sorts venture forth.
One of the most common babies to spot is baby birds. You can hear them squalling from nests when a parent bird arrives with food and watch as they clumsily learn to fly.
Much consternation occurs over these babies as well, because they always seem to get themselves into predicaments that cannot be solved by other birds.
They fall from nests. If they’re still in egg form, that’s pretty much a death sentence — but if they’re a little bit older they can often be scooped up and placed back where they belong.
Sometimes it’s not so easy, though, and the nest can’t be found or the parents don’t come back to care for their brood.
Then it’s up to people. The survival rate for baby birds that need hand-feeding is not always great and depends greatly on their stage of development, the skill of the person caring for them, and the availability of an appropriate food source.
This woman reportedly found some baby birds along a highway, so she took them home to care for them.
In this video, you can hear her gently talking to her baby birds as she gets them out of their “cage.” It looks like a serving dish with a fly net over it to keep them in.
The baby birds are tiny, perhaps some kind of finch, and they greet their “mom” with hungry squawks as soon as they see her.
She then carefully mixes up a formula powder with five teaspoons of water, puts it into a needle-less syringe, and it’s feeding time!
As she’s preparing the food, the little ones are all over the place with excitement. They jump onto and off of her hand, the glass she’s mixing the food in, and even her glasses.
Each baby gets a full tummy of the formula before she tells them to go back to sleep. One by one (with a little encouragement) they pop back into their cage and hunker down in the nest she’s made for them.
Baby birds can be tricky to care for. They require constant feedings, as their metabolisms are fast and their bellies are small.
They don’t eat the same things as adult birds, either — no seeds, bread, or worms are good to feed them if you become their caretaker.
Instead, moistened dog or cat food, plain liver, and hard-boiled eggs (a little ironic) are good substitutes. However, if you find a truly abandoned baby bird, the best thing you can do is take it to someone who knows how to care for them around the clock the way this woman does.
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