Helping a bird

Helping a Bird

Between April and August Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital sees many species of baby garden birds from the smallest nestlings to fledglings each requiring its own special diet to rear it to a strong viable release. These types of bird require constant warmth and food, feeding on average between every twenty minutes to every half hour by our dedicated team of hand carers.

Should you find a baby bird and need assistance please call the hospital as soon as possible for advice, not always do they need to come into care. Fledglings are very often left alone by their parents for lengths of time when they are at the weaning stage. Nestlings however will need more urgent attention if they are in distress.

Wood Pigeons / Collar Doves

We see pigeon babies (squabs) all year round at the wildlife hospital. Pigeons breed all year round like collar doves and are not the best nest builders which would be found mostly in conifer branches or in tall ash type trees. Their nests are not well constructed and tend to fall down quite easily when it is windy. Baby pigeons are quite ugly looking and not always recognisable as pigeons, a very small baby is yellow in colour with eyes closed, often people ring us thinking they are ducklings. As they grow they become grey and have the white markings showing in their wings. Pigeons are not like other baby birds they dont gape for food when hungry and need to be expertly fed with a special diet through a crop tube. Wood pigeons will crop feed until nearly fully grown as they are quite lazy birds. Feral pigeons (street) however tend to start feeding themselves at a much earlier age. Should you find a pigeon sqab it is best to get it into expert care as soon as possible for it to have the best chance of survival.