baby (called a fledgling) usually leaves the nest very early and
hops into the bushes to hide. Don't assume abandonment.
Unless the fledgling is in apparent danger, watch from a discreet
distance. If you see the parents return to the baby, refrain from
disturbing the reunion because if the parents are continually
frightened, they may never come back. Fledglings are often
mistaken for birds that are injured or unable to fly when, on the
contrary, they're actually learning how to fly. A fledgling will hop
out of the nest to perch on surrounding branches, or flutter to the
ground, where it will be taught by the parents how to care for itself
and find food. A naked baby bird that has fallen from its nest is
sometimes referred to as a "fallen pinkie". If a baby bird has
simply fallen from its nest and appears to be unharmed, it is best to
put it back, if possible. It is a false tale that once the baby
has human scent on it, the parents will not feed it. If you
cannot get the baby bird back into the nest then the baby will need
your help to have a chance of surviving. Common
Mynahs in need of rescue are often found in Australia and Hawaii.
They are frequently found fallen from the nest.
Keeping the baby warm
The first area
to be dealt with when taking care of a baby mynah is heat. The
baby must be kept warm at about 92-94 degrees Farenheit, until two
weeks old, then reduce the heat to 86-88 degrees. As feathers
continue to come in, keep slowly reducing the heat. Not everyone
has a brooder on hand for unexpected rescues so here are some ideas for
keeping the baby warm. Place a container
with air holes in it, on top of a heating pad. Lay a small cloth
towel in the container and put paper towel on top of cloth towel.
The container can be a cardboard box. Keep in a quiet darkened
room between feedings. Be sure the surface the bird is placed on is not
too warm. The bird needs to be kept warm but not hot. If
you have a thermometer, it can be put in an inside corner of the
container that the bird is kept in. Keep
the bird in its container in a quiet darkened room between feedings.
hatched baby bird (totally with no feathers) takes very little food at
first in very tiny amounts. You cannot rush the feedings.
Make sure the bird has swallowed between each dab of food so it does
not aspirate. It's not necesary to give the bird liquids and is
not recommended- there is enough moisture in the food. Giving
liquids can aspirate a baby bird easily. It will need feedings
pretty often - about 30 minutes apart. You will not need to feed
the baby during the night. Even newly hatched babies do not get fed
during the night. Feed from sunrise until about 10 at
night. A baby bird that has some feathers will need to be fed at
least every two hours. Let the bird eat as much as he wants each
feeding. A mynah does not have a crop so you can't go by
that. I found that the baby just won't open his mouth any more
and dozes off when he has had enough. From last feeding at 10 pm,
the baby will sleep until dawn.At 2 to 3 weeks old, the bird should be
hand fed every 3 hours and you can begin giving small bites of fruit
along with the food you have been feeding.
weeks old, a mynah will begin drinking from a bowl and picking at
moistened food. Weaning occurs at 7-8 weeks old. Keep a
separate bowl of dry pellets in the cage at all times, even though you
are still doing the feedings so the bird will experiment with the
pellets and eventually begin to eat them dry.
What to feed
You can feed
soaked pellets that are intended for mynahs/softbills. These are
usually found in pet stores. If the bird is starving and mynah
pellets are not available, another option is canned or dry dog or cat
food until you can get some mynah pellets/food somewhere. If dry is
used, add water to make it moist and soft so you can dab bits of it
with your finger, or with one end of a popsicle stick, or the tip of
handle on a plastic spoon to feed a baby mynah. Don't put too
much in the birds mouth at a time and give the bird time to swallow
between bites. If the mynah is an adult, you can use your finger
to put the food in its mouth if it won't eat on its own.
Don't try to give additonal liquid to a baby bird or any bird that
won't eat on its own because there is enough moisture in the soaked
Have a dish
of dry pellets available for an older bird to eat on its own.
Even it it may not be eating on its own at first, the water and food
needs to be available so the bird can have access to it when it it is
strong enough and ready to eat on its own.
don't have mynah pellets, another choice of food is to mix up some
cooked brown rice, baby food oatmeal (such as Gerber's that comes in a
jar), applesauce and boiled egg. The boiled egg is good
protein. Mix altogether and mash it in the blender or by hand and
add enough water to make it the consistency of cooked oatmeal or cream
of wheat. This mixture will already have enough moisture in it,
so again, do not give the baby bird or an adult that can't eat on its
own, any additional liquid. You can also feed baby food - some
Heinz or Gerber's Rice Cereal with Apple sauce or Banana.
The University of Hawaii uses the following feeding plan for
rescued Common Mynahs:
A variety of
human baby food that contains the most protein (like egg, veal, etc.)
is fed to a really young bird.
As soon as the
bird is a little bigger (lot's of feathers coming in, about 1 week
before fledging), then the food is switched to the adult diet which is
based on the recipe found in a book called Mynahs (by Otto von Frisch).
2 1/2 handfuls
of dry oatmeal
1 pound of
small curd cottage cheese (4% milk fat)
2 handfuls of
any commercial mynah/softbill food
together, it should be the consistency of cookie dough.
Refrigerate and give a dish full per day to each adult bird. For
babies, warm up a small amount for each feeding. You can also
make this stuff with baby food during the transition to make it have
more of a liquid consistency.
Hawaii has volunteered to give advice to anyone needing help with a
rescued Common Mynah. His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
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