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RG001

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Hi - last Thursday I found 3 baby blackbirds in the hedge who were being attacked by a cat. I managed to save one of them but wasn't sure what to do with it as there are cats EVERYWHERE in this neighbourhood - at least 11 different ones that I have counted who each pass through the garden several times a day. The bird was very shaky and one of its wings was bent and one leg looked broken. It didn't appear to have any tail feathers but I don't know if that was due to the cat or if they don't grow them yet?

Anyway I decided to place it in our enclosed trampoline which has a net around it to keep the cats out and the parents are still flying in to feed it worms and berries multiple times a day. I wasn't sure if he would make it at first but 4 days on his wing and leg seem to have healed and he is now hopping around, cheaping and fluttering his wings to take him 3 or 4 cm off the ground a couple of times a day. He can't get very high but its got to be a start right?
I have been putting him in a transparent box with a lid with air holes but leaving him on the trampoline overnight as it is very icy here at the moment and heavy snow falls overnight. I have been leaving him and his box on the trampoline so his parents can see he is still there and safe and they don't fly off thinking he has gone.

Am I doing the right thing and when should I be releasing him? How should I do it? He is so much better than he was now but he can't really fly yet. Because there are so very many cats I fear I've saved him for 4 days and don't want to release him back to the cats. Should I be looking to find a bush to try to release him in? Should it be high or low? How do I do it so the parents can see where he is? What can I do to ensure he has the best chance of survival?

Thank you


 

Kits

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Welcome to Birdforum.

I would take him out of the box and open the netting on the trampoline so the parents can get to him more easily. They will know how to take him to safety from there.
 

KC Foggin

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Hi there and a warm welcome to you from those of us on staff here a
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We are glad that you found us and thanks for taking a moment to say hello. Please join in wherever you like.

Aside from the above post you might want to call your local humane society and ask them for the name and # of a local rehabber who can come and view the bird for any injuries that may need attention. Good luck and please keep us updated.
 

delia todd

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Hi RG and a warm welcome from me too.

I'm sure you will enjoy it here and I hope to hear about all the birds you see when out and about.
 

RG001

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Thank you very much, I am going to open up the netting tomorrow in the day light as you suggest
 

Lisa W

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Hi and welcome to the forum. I think you will find us a friendly and helpful group.
 
Hi - last Thursday I found 3 baby blackbirds in the hedge who were being attacked by a cat. I managed to save one of them but wasn't sure what to do with it as there are cats EVERYWHERE in this neighbourhood - at least 11 different ones that I have counted who each pass through the garden several times a day. The bird was very shaky and one of its wings was bent and one leg looked broken. It didn't appear to have any tail feathers but I don't know if that was due to the cat or if they don't grow them yet?

Anyway I decided to place it in our enclosed trampoline which has a net around it to keep the cats out and the parents are still flying in to feed it worms and berries multiple times a day. I wasn't sure if he would make it at first but 4 days on his wing and leg seem to have healed and he is now hopping around, cheaping and fluttering his wings to take him 3 or 4 cm off the ground a couple of times a day. He can't get very high but its got to be a start right?
I have been putting him in a transparent box with a lid with air holes but leaving him on the trampoline overnight as it is very icy here at the moment and heavy snow falls overnight. I have been leaving him and his box on the trampoline so his parents can see he is still there and safe and they don't fly off thinking he has gone.

Am I doing the right thing and when should I be releasing him? How should I do it? He is so much better than he was now but he can't really fly yet. Because there are so very many cats I fear I've saved him for 4 days and don't want to release him back to the cats. Should I be looking to find a bush to try to release him in? Should it be high or low? How do I do it so the parents can see where he is? What can I do to ensure he has the best chance of survival?

Thank you


Welcome! I just joined today, so I'm a newbie just like you.

Make sure you can get it to a vet, although you may need to nurse it as it will be away from its parents. They may leave.

I love how the parents will still care for it! Normally if you handle it the parents will smell you on their baby and leave it. Good job!
 

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