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Blackbird fledgling question (1 Viewer)


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My attention was drawn to 2 blackbirds in part of garden they never visit, found blackbird fledgling, not injured. Put it on top of my aviary, parents was landing to feed it.
Crows, magpies and a, squirrel was too interested, esp the squirrel, so I put in small cage on top of aviary but couldn't tell if parents were able to feed thru bars. I then put it in large plastic box on table where I could see if any predictors near it, parents going back and forth, into box feeding it. I sat there for hours until dark and brought it in, planning to get back out garden at daylight to put back in tub and see if parents will come again to feed. I can't put it out around here as there are trees but no hedges for it to hide in until it can fly. So I'm thinking if I bring it out every morning and keep watch, how long would I need to do this for? It has no tail feathers yet. It's active and no injury. In an ideal world I could have left him out, however the nest is in a tree a few gardens up and the crows and magpies where being chased by a parent blackbird, so this little one would stand a chance, as I said the, squirrel was really trying. So 2 questions are how long before it can fly and do i need to feed it thru the night. I should imagine it fell out of nest or a magpie dropped it, I want to to what's best and if I don't have to try to feed thru night,( it's in a cage in a wicker bird tunnel sleeping) and if I keep bringing it out throughout the day until it's dark until it can fly, is that an idea or not? First thing I did was call a wildlife rescue who said leave it outside, put breadcrumbs down for parents! So that put me off her advice. I couldn't find a wildlife rescue near me in se London. I put mealworm in box for parents. If I do need to feed I don't think that'll work, I'm hoping parents will continue tomorrow to feed it through out the day and I keep it in at night. I couldn't put in my aviary as mesh spaces big enough for it to get it's head thru, so wasn't going to chance it breaking it's poor little neck.
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