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Seeking advice on taking care of and releasing injured chickadee (1 Viewer)


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Hi all!

On a morning coffee run with my kids I noticed a what I believe to be a black capped chickadee struggling to climb a tree. On closer inspection, it’s right wing was all janked out and he was unable to fly.

We have a TON of neighbourhood cats, and knew this little fella wouldn’t survive the day - maybe not even the morning.

Sensing a teachable moment for my children, we carefully caught the bird and put him in a cage with some finch seed and water, with the intent of releasing him once his wing has healed.

I guess I was hoping for any advice on the best way to help him. He is calling for his flock and his flock is calling for him. I saw at least one other chickadee come to the edge of the garage while I was preparing his seed. I currently have his cage hanging under the porch roof so he can at least hear / see the flock, but is that a good idea? Should I just bring him inside instead?

I know it’s a “how long is a piece of string” type question, but how long should a wing take to heal, worst case scenario?

I have an alexandrine and have had plenty of budgies and cockatiels in the past, so am not new to birds, but I’ve never nursed and released one.

I tired to add some photos but the poor guy is too stressed out to stay still for a good one.

Any advice is appreciated!

EDIT: You think I would have seen the pinned injured bird thread before I posted this, but I missed it. My bad 🤦


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Welcome to Birdforum! Hopefully the pinned thread has helped and you will be able to take the bird to a vet.

KC Foggin

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Fingers crossed for the Chickadee and thanks for caring about it.
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