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Old Saturday 30th May 2020, 00:03   #1
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Starling Fledgeling

Hi, I came across an injured starling and attempted to take it to a rehab center but they said because it was not native to the US they would euthanize it. So I am attempting to care for it myself. I have soaked dog food in hot water but am not getting him to eat - I read that you might have to force feed them but how do I do that without hurting him as he is still afraid and resists me? Furthermore, can I take him to the vet to look at his injured wing? And when he sits in his box he huddled in the corner and spreads his legs out. Is that normal or a sign of how injuries? Any help is appreciated; thank you.
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Old Saturday 30th May 2020, 04:42   #2
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Hi David and a warm welcome to you from all the Staff and Moderators.

We have some general guidelines here for the care of injured and baby birds, which I hope you will find useful. The best food to feed youngsters are meal worms or tinned cat food. When approaching with food (use a pair of tweezers to hold it), try a "peeping" call, it may encourage him to open his mouth.

Hopefully some others will be along with more advice for you.

I'm sure you will enjoy it here and I look forward to hearing your news.
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