Birding/Baby Swallow


Jace wrote at 2008-06-29 23:54:54
I have raised many song birds off of cat food and they lived just fine.  Make sure you use hard catfood though.  Put a few pieces in a microwavable container and add a little water.  Heat it up till it turns to wet catfood.  Let it cool but don't let it get compleatly cold.  Add a few seeds everynow and then.  Use reagular bird food.  Also make sure you get "bird gravel" add a little to the food once then put more in the bottom of the cage.  This helps them digest the seeds.  This will suplement the diet the right way.  If he was that young you may have a slim chance but keep him warm and try.  Make sure you feed him often and keep him in a warm safe place.

Christiana Master wrote at 2010-06-11 11:56:23
I also have a swallow - its a fledgling and we feed it grub from the petstore. Fruitflies, maggots or mealworms. That's what we feed our bird. You can also dig up some earthworms, leave them in a jar with soil for a few hours so that they will grow bigger and get rid of any harmful toxins, then cut them up into one or two cm and feed them to the bird. Its a bit messy though. if its a swallow then you can also feed it butterflies but I don't, its possible though. for the grubs and insects, we have them in a container and use a tweezers. the parents get up at 4 in the morning to start feeding so I had to too, I fed him every 20 minutes (as the parents spend all day digging up grubs and catching flies) and used a pair of blunt tweezers to handle the insects. Our swallow is a fledgling and as Soon as it has all its proper feathers and is over 3 weeks old, we are going to release it in the same area as other swallows so that he/she will have company and learn off others. This is our first time so we have rung up the vet and several bird experts to advise us and help us in what we have to do to prepare him/her for take off!

zoe foulis wrote at 2010-08-20 08:10:26
yes they can reject their babies out of the nest had mother pick all of them up one by one and throw them out of the nest in various places around the stables, all died but one. already reared two this year from the same problem at another stable yard. i feed chicken cat food not the jelly. any small bugs walking around the garden. and when big enough. small maggots and  then meal worms. small crickets/ grass hoppers. by then should be ready to go! got one that is 2 days old. bad bruising to the head but doing well.

dkfurt wrote at 2012-07-12 14:38:40
I have had swallows nesting above my doorway for two seasons now and I have had baby birds fall out of the nest everytime. so as to rarelly falling out of the nest, I don't agree. I have a baby swallow that fell out of the nest yesterday and he is still alive. I put him in a bowl with paper towels and attached it to a ladder close to the original nest.  He has survived the night but I don't know if the mother trusts the fake nest. she has other babies in the nest nearby so I hope she does not abandon the others because she is scared of the ladder nest.

Santiago wrote at 2015-08-31 15:13:16
I also had a baby swallow fall out of its nest sometime after midnight. I found it on the ground dead. I had another baby fall out yesterday and into a catch nest below and I put it back in its nest. The nest if very small and they were four babies in it. The area is too small and falling out of a small nest like that happens more often than that one contributor mentioned. When they start growing and flexing their wings there's no extra room and something has to give. A second swallow pair quickly adopted the empty nest after we had four babies from the first pair. We're hoping that the other babies survive.


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