Chick fallen from the nest, how to feed it?


In the spring and early summer months, it is not difficult to run into a chick that has fallen from the nest. Unfortunately, many will have perished for different reasons, which ones? I will show you below.

    The blow from the n> As you can see, it is difficult for a chick to survive outside its nest, but sometimes miracles occur. Normally the young surviving birds are already feathered and can offer some resistance to falling. Consequently, they will be big enough to run away and call their parents.

If, on the other hand, he has no feathers and does not perish on impact, his parents can do little for them.

Why the birds fall from the n> In the first place, an overcrowded and small nest can cause pushes among the brothers who inhabit the reduced space causing a jump to the void, and without net, to some member of the family.

Secondly by atmospheric phenomena such as storms that bring strong gusts of air.

Another frequent cause is the hurried exit of the nest by the parents. As they are of greater volume, some of their children can become entangled in their body and collaterally throw it abroad.

Finally comment on the possibility that some unscrupulous put his hand in the nest and remove any of the chicks that inhabit him leaving him later abandoned in the street.

Chick with feathers or frills

If the chicken is feathered and gives flights, look carefully around you, surely the parents are nearby taking care of him and teaching him to eat for himself. In that case you should put it in a safe place, such as between the branches of a tree or near bushes. Watch that there are no mininos nearby!

In the event that he has feathers and cannot fly, for example due to an injury, or his death is more than probable due to the proximity of predators, you should try to save him.

Featherless Chick

A chicken without feathers is carnaza for predators. Find out where it has fallen. Surely the nest is close and you can return it to your home. Otherwise you must take it home.

It is very important that the objective of its collection is its subsequent reintroduction into its habitat, it is prohibited to collect wildlife.

Cu> The first thing you should do is put it in a cardboard box with toilet paper for example as a n> 27 ºC and 30 ºC. I give you a couple of ideas.

  1. You can use a 50 W red terrarium light bulb attached to a ceramic socket so that it does not melt. Remember to use a thermometer and play with the height of the bulb to avoid doing grilled chicken. I advise you to put the bulb on one side so that the animal can be thermoregulated by moving away or approaching the heat source.
  2. You can also use a thermal blanket for reptiles, but always putting something between the blanket and the chicken.

Never use blanket and bulb at the same time.

If the environment is hot, you will not need to give it heat unless it is without feathers.

Remember that temperatures fall at night and the chick could die of cold.

Homemade porridge

Years ago, a breeder of the Canaries taught me a recipe to feed the chicks rejected by the parents and gave me a very good result with a greengrocer that I later released in a field with more of his own. Consists in:

  • Hard boiled egg yolk
  • A quarter teaspoon of breadcrumbs.
  • A piece of chopped apple.
  • A little bit of lettuce very chopped.
  • A quarter of baby porridge (human).

Well, you mix all this with water and make a kind of mash that you will put in a syringe. The consistency will be correct when the porridge comes out through the syringe, as if it were a pastry bag.

It is not necessary to provide extra water. The porridge, cat feed or worms are already moistened. But if you just picked up a chick from the street or the day is extremely hot, you can give it a couple of droplets with a dropper or carefully with a syringe, don't choke it!

How to feed the chickens?

Once the cat food is soft, you can put it in a syringe without a needle, take it with tweezers and offer it to the bird.

In the case of previously moistened insects, if they are very large, cut them and offer them with tweezers.

Some chicks already open their huge mouth, others will have to be opened carefully by helping you with your index and thumb fingers.

Be very careful not to hurt him or break his beak.

For this delicate task, someone can help you, one opens the beak and another embucha the chicken.

Feathered Birds

A baby must be given more shots than an older child, the same goes for little birds. If it has no feathers or has very few, you should give it every two hours. It is a tedious task and more if you work, that is why, when you decide to carry out a chick, keep it in mind. At night you do not need to feed him, although I prefer to give him a shot just in case, when they are very small.


It is very important that you do not establish a very close bond with the bird or you will have a bad time when you release it. In addition, the chicken will stop feeling chick and think that it is a person, becoming a vulnerable animal.

Remember, it is not your son, it is a bird that belongs to nature.

Just feed him and keep him neat. With a damp cloth, clean the beak, especially the spokes after each shot.

Do not forget to change the role because being so greedy, they dirty the same.

The farewell> Starling chick ready to learn to eat alone and its subsequent release.

Gradually see reducing the shots and throwing food on the floor. Put a trough at your fingertips. He will sting and drink alone. Again I remind you not to be on top of him or him imprinting will do his thing. Try to have it in this phase in a cage as wide as possible.

Finally, release it somewhere away from cities and where there are more of its kind to be able to join and from whom to learn the details of life.

Always keep in mind that a bird is not a toy, it is a living being.

There are associations that collect them, and reintroduce them as GREFA, you can contact them.