What to feed a baby bird sparrow

What to Feed a Baby Sparrow: Baby Sparrow Diet Info

When it comes to feeding, a house sparrow takes advantage of immediate opportunities. It will eat and feed on whatever is available. On the other hand, an orphaned baby sparrow without feathers needs care and a proper diet to survive.

Baby sparrows grow rapidly; hence they require proteins to develop appropriately. Finding a natural diet to feed a baby sparrow can be challenging, but they can eat various foods like mealworms, moistened dog or cat food, chopped hard-boiled eggs, oatmeal, or commercial feeding formulas for domesticated birds.

This guide will help you know the most suitable food you can give to a baby sparrow, how often to feed, and tips on encouraging it to eat. Read on. 

Baby Sparrow Diet Info

Baby birds have demanding dietary needs. They need a protein-based meal because of the rapid cell growth and feed every 10- 20 minutes for about 12 hours a day. It’s not easy to keep up with such a frantic feeding schedule! 

Feeding a nestling can be discouraging, especially if you don’t know the bird’s diet. There are different beliefs on the exact type of food you should feed a baby sparrow. In the wild, baby nestlings are fed almost a total insect diet (solid food) by their parents. A baby sparrow has a high protein need to thrive and grow. 

Your first meal option can include making a homemade emergency food formula for the baby bird. Fortunately, some foods are generally accepted as alternative meals for a nestling. For instance, dog or cat kibble, wet or dry cat or dog meal, and puppy chow make an ideal choice. 

Additionally, you can include insects and mealworms as emergency baby bird food as they are an excellent source of protein. Pre-made emergency baby bird food is also available in most local pet stores.  

Dog/Cat Kibble Recipe for a Baby Sparrow


  • 1 cup cat/dog kibble
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Avian vitamins (follow the recommended dosage)

Dog or cat kibble is too large to be fed to a baby sparrow; therefore, there is a need for extra preparation.  

  1. Break the kibble in a blender or food processor into tiny bits. To achieve a smooth, spongy consistency, use one part food to two parts water. It could take you about half an hour to make the right consistency.
  2. Mix the recommended dosage of avian vitamins with the ground dog/cat kibble. Ensure that the food is suitably moist to avoid choking the bird. The meal will hydrate the bird and increase its chances of survival.

You can make a good starter diet for a baby bird with 60 percent dog or cat food, 20 percent hard-boiled eggs, and 20 percent mealworm. A good brand for a cat or dog food should contain 32 percent protein and a nine percent fat ratio.

Below is a cat/dog food recipe for feeding a baby sparrow. Ensure that you use dry, cat, or dog food. Also include the recommended amounts of avian vitamins in the starter diet. 

Dry Dog/Cat Recipe for Baby Sparrow


  • 1 cup soaked cat/dog food
  • One hardboiled egg
  • Water
  • ¼ cup of applesauce
  • Avian vitamins (follow the recommended dosage)
  • Ground to powder and dissolve 750mg calcium in a little water (use Tums Smooth Dissolve tablet)

Mix all the elements and add enough water to ensure oatmeal consistency or a sponge-like texture. Do not saturate the starter formula with a lot of water as the baby bird can drown. The recipe is easy to swallow and works well for baby house sparrows.

If you don’t have any bird formula handy, you can also mix rice cereal and dilute it with warm water into oatmeal consistency. 

Mealworm and Cricket Recipe for Baby Sparrow

Mealworms and crickets make an excellent source of protein for the baby sparrow. You can find mealworms and live crickets in your local pet or bait store.


  • Mealworm from your local pet store
  • Live crickets
  • A plastic bag 

Follow this procedure:

  1. Before feeding mealworms to the baby sparrow, crush their heads and chop them up.
  2. Alternatively, seal crickets in a plastic bag and freeze them for ten minutes. 
  3. Take them out from the freezer and give them time to warm up to room temperature.
  4. By this time, the crickets are dead, and you can now feed them to the baby sparrow. Crickets make an excellent source of water for the nestling. Insects such as flies can lead to acute constipation to the baby bird.

You can also mix a little amount of mashed banana or human baby food to the dog or cat food which makes an ideal homemade emergency food for a baby sparrow. Make tiny sized balls of the food and put it into the nestling’s mouth using a tweezer, chopsticks, or a toothpick. Feed the little one like this for the first couple of days.

Commercial Hand Feeding Formulas

Commercial hand feeding formulas are available in local pet stores. They have clear and easy to follow instructions for mixing and feeding. Put the recommended amount in a small bowl and with water to make an oatmeal-like consistency. 

Feed the bird all he wants and discard any leftovers after 12 hours as it could spoil. Continue with the feeding instructions on the formula until he is ready to wean.

Other Sources of Food for a Baby Sparrow

Lean ground meat mixed with a soy-based protein powder or cereal can make an excellent meal for a baby sparrow. It’s a good source of protein and nourishment for a growing bird. 

For every three pieces of ground meat, you can add a bit of soy-based protein powder or cereal. Additionally, including an avian multivitamin/mineral supplement will ensure the baby bird receives the appropriate nutritional requirements needed to grow. 

Here are some additional things you can give the baby sparrow to make the diet as natural as possible:

  • Small-sized grasshoppers – you can find them in reptile supply shops or a local pet store. 
  • Clean white larvae – are sold in fishing shops and should be fed when the gut is empty.
  • Caterpillars 
  • Dried insects which you can check with your local pet store for supplies
  • Supplement the bird’s diet with vitamins and mineral supplements – an avian supplement is an excellent addition that ensure balanced nutrition for your hatchling.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Feeding a Baby Sparrow

If you have found a nestling, you can take care of it and give it a chance to survive. Here are some frequent mistakes to avoid when feeding a baby sparrow to increase its chances of survival. 

Giving the Baby Bird Water

Never give water to your baby bird. If you force it to drink water, there is a good chance that water will fill its lungs, and the baby bird will drown, or get pneumonia. In their natural habitat, baby sparrows feed on insect diets and do not drink water. Besides, baby birds get water through the appropriate food source for their species

You can only give water to the baby sparrow once it’s old enough. To provide it with water, you will place a narrow container and place marbles or a piece of stone inside, then fill the vessel with water. The bird will drink on its own.  

Giving the Baby Bird Milk

Milk should not be part of a baby sparrow’s diet – never give a baby sparrow milk. All birds are naturally lactose intolerant, and by giving them milk, you can cause intestinal problems and dehydration.  

Additionally, avoid mixing their food with milk and instead use water. 

Giving the Wrong Food

Some human food like bread should not be part of a baby sparrow food that you prepare. Also, never feed a nestling raw hamburger, honey, and sugar water. They don’t have any nutritional value and can cause internal blockage to the baby bird.

Similarly, don’t give foods with flavorings, preservatives, or salt. Avoid giving the baby bird cold food, old or spoilt meals. Pet bird food is not an excellent option as it may not meet the nutritional requirements of a wild baby bird.

Force-Feeding a Baby Sparrow

Never force-feed a baby sparrow, as it can cause an injury, choking, or even death. The baby bird’s throat’s left side is the trachea – food should never go down the trachea.

However, you should not overly worry about food going down the throat the wrong way; the trachea will shut automatically to avoid ingesting food the wrong way. Just proceed with caution and patience.

Blending Batches of Food More Than a Day Ahead of Time

A baby bird feeds in short intervals of time throughout the day. Caring for the nestling requires a lot of time and energy, and you’ll be mixing a lot of food batches round the clock.

However, it’s not advisable to mix batches of food and keep for more than a day ahead of time. The food might spoil and cause severe food poisoning to the young bird. Additionally, it might kill the baby sparrow.

Also, baby birds eat food already digested and regurgitated by the parent; thus, you should keep the feed wet but not liquid. 

Mix up the amount of food that the baby bird will need for one feed, which can be a few spoons for a nestling. As the sparrow grows, you can increase the amount of food and reduce the frequency of feeding.  

How to Feed a Baby Sparrow

The baby sparrow may need time to adjust to its new environment. Allow the baby bird an hour or so to just settle into its new environment. Also, this is a good time to make sure the baby is warm enough so that it can digest food. 

  1. Place the baby bird in their nest and allow him to warm up – this could take a few minutes to an hour or so.  
  2. Feed the baby sparrow every 20 minutes. They eat very little at a time. As we had earlier discussed, the food you mix for the nestling should not be too dry nor liquidy. However, in the first week of life, you can dilute the mixture with 60 percent water. 
  3. Feed the bird when the crop is empty. A baby bird should naturally open its mouth when gently tapped on the beak to eat. There are also times when the nestling bobs their head in an up and downward motion as it opens its mouth like when the parent bird would feed it. 
  4. If the bird is reluctant to take food from you, gently tap the top of its beak as a sign to open up. The baby bird will begin to recognize you as a source of food within a few feedings. As it grows, feeding becomes less frequent.

You can also encourage the baby bird to gape by nudging on his chest. If that doesn’t work, pry the baby bird’s beak open with your thumb. Be careful as you touch on his chest or pry on the beak.

In the case the baby bird is not showing a strong response to feeding, you can stimulate the same kind of reaction and gently apply pressure at the corners of the mouth and wait for the head bobbing. Once it has opened its mouth, you can now feed it.

However, if the bird doesn’t respond to any attempts to feed it, don’t force it. Force-feeding can increase the chances of food aspiration into the trachea and lungs, leading to death.

  1. Use syringes when feeding. Syringes are preferred feeding tools in the early stages of caring for a baby sparrow because they record accurate feeding volumes. However, some people would choose to feed the bird using a spoon with the sides bent upward.
  2. When the baby sparrow starts to chirp and gap, you will know that he is hungry and needs more food. Give him all he wants; you can’t overfeed him. When he has had enough, you may notice a lump forming on his crop, and he will stop taking any more food. 
  3. All food given should be at room temperature – never heated, warmed, chilled, or refrigerated. It also helps to remember to feed bits of food in proportion to the bird’s size, as nestlings need very tiny bites.
  4. Handle the baby sparrow with care to minimize the risk of injuries during feeding. Nestlings need frequent food given every 10 -20 minutes; therefore, feed the bird often. It takes about four weeks for a baby bird to develop and feed himself.
  5. Change the feed amount as the bird grows older but continue with the mushed puppy or cat food. If the bird is a little mature, you can allow it to feed by itself. Ensure that you give it small pieces of food, and tweezer-feed it by hand. 

Feeding Tools 

You need to be careful when feeding a baby sparrow. Several tools are safe and will allow you to feed the nestling adequately. The feeding tools include a pair of tweezers, a plastic forceps, syringes, or thin chopsticks.

To feed the nestling, take a small amount of food with either of the tools we have mentioned above and put it into the baby birds’ mouth. Keep feeding the bird as long as it’s opening the mouth. You signal the bird for more food by tapping the beak with the feeding tool. 

Weaning a Baby Sparrow 

When to wean a baby bird is often a tough decision for both the owner and the bird. The nestling starts to grow quills from around day 7. These grow through reasonably fast so that by day 11-14, the baby has fluffy feathers and starts to look like a sparrow.

At around four weeks, it’s safe to start leaving small bits of food around the nest. The bird will start to eat the food on its own and take less from your hand. By the age of 6-8 weeks, you can now transition the bird to an adult diet, which can constitute seeds and insects.

Additionally, like any other bird, your house sparrow will need grit to digest the hard items in its diet entirely. Therefore, it’s crucial to offer grains of limestone, cuttlebone, eggshells, ground-up oyster shells, and rough grain. White millet and red millet also make an excellent choice for weaning the baby sparrow. 

Important Things to Note

Here are some critical things to keep in mind when feeding and handling a baby sparrow:

  • Don’t feed nestlings and fledglings earthworms. There’s something toxic about worms that kills the baby sparrows.
  • Baby birds have a small chance of survival. If the baby bird doesn’t survive, it’s not your fault as they are supposed to be raised by their mum in a natural environment. 


Although adult house sparrows follow a diet rich in insects, seeds, and berries, baby birds require foods rich in proteins to aid with growth and development. A baby bird without feathers is weak and will need frequent feedings. If you have just rescued a baby sparrow, it’s critical to know what kind of food you need to give it to help it thrive.

There are different options that you can offer the baby sparrow from dog or cat kibble, homemade meals, insects, among other foods. Mushed puppy or cat food will make part of his first diet as you subsequently introduce him to a diet that he can find in his natural habitat.

What is a Baby Sparrow's Diet?

By Betty Lewis

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The house sparrow is the most common of North America's 35 sparrow species. Generally, he eats a lot of grains and seeds, but will enjoy the protein of insects during the summer. A baby sparrow's diet depends on what mom and dad feed it; where they live affects the menu options.

Wild Child

A baby sparrow eats whatever his parents give him to eat, which means he's eating the same things they are. The house sparrow is opportunistic in his dining, eating whatever's available. Commercial birdseed and discarded food will work, as do various grasses, ragweed and seeds he comes across. He'll indulge in insects in the summer, such as caterpillars and grasshoppers. Other sparrows, such as field sparrows, forage for seeds and insects on the ground. Mom and dad regurgitate their food finds to feed to their nestlings.

Orphaned Baby?

If you come across a baby sparrow in your yard, pause a moment before deciding he's in distress. A fledgling, which is a baby bird with his feathers, may be on the ground because he's learning to fly. If the baby doesn't have feathers, you can return him to his nest -- despite the myth, his parents won't abandon him because of human touch. If there's no nest, or you determine the baby sparrow needs your assistance, a proper diet is important to putting him on the path to independence.

Home Cooking

Baby birds grow quickly and require protein to grow properly. Mom and dad take care of their nestlings' protein requirements with insects, but you can use cat food to meet the baby sparrow's protein needs. Soak one cup of cat food in enough water to make it mushy and add 1/4 cup of applesauce, one chopped hard-boiled egg, a crushed calcium carbonate tablet and avian vitamins, dosed according to the package. Mix everything together with enough water to give the mixture the consistency of cooked oatmeal. Freezing the mixture in ice cube trays gives you a fresh inventory of food on hand, so you can thaw only what you need. Chopsticks or plastic forceps make good feeding utensils.

How Much How Often

A baby sparrow should gain weight daily to get ready to fly. If his eyes are closed and he's featherless, he'll need fed every 15 to 20 minutes, dawn to dusk. When he starts growing feathers and his eyes are open, feeding can occur every 30 to 45 minutes during the same time. As he grows, the time between feedings and the amount you feed can increase. When he's hopping out of the nest, he can be fed once an hour; by the time he's confident outside the nest, every two or three hours is sufficient. Try leaving food by his bowl when he's about a month old, though he won't be weaned for another few weeks. If he continually refuses to eat, call a vet or wildlife rehabilitation center.

To Do, and Not to Do

Avoid pasta and bread products, which are empty calories and won't help him grow, as well as dairy products because baby birds don't handle lactose well. If he's well hydrated, the inside of his mouth will look moist; if he's dehydrated, his skin may look reddish. Don't give him drops of water in his mouth because he can inhale them and drown. Instead, use Gatorade as a hydrating fluid, dipping your fingers in it and placing drops on his beak.


  • 2ndChance.info: Caring for Orphan Wild Baby Birds
  • StarlingTalk.com: Baby Starling & Sparrow Care
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology: All About Birds: House Sparrow
  • WildlifeHotline.com: Raising Baby Sparrows & Starlings
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Field Sparrow Habitat Model

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How to do it: feed a sparrow chick at home - ikirov.


It so happened that you picked up a sparrow chick. What to do with him? How to take care of him? How to feed? Let's figure it out.

We weigh the pros and cons

So, you are standing on the street, and something small, but alive, is swarming and squeaking in front of your feet. Before you take responsibility for the life of this creature, think about whether you can and whether it is worth interfering with natural selection.

The age of the chicks that you can find on the street can be conditionally divided into three groups:

1. Newborns . These are newly hatched, not yet feathered chicks. Most likely, such a chick really fell out of the nest or was blown away by the wind. In nature, he cannot survive: even if the parents continue to feed the chick, he will freeze on the very first night, even if it is hot outside, and he will not be able to show any resistance to predators, midges can tritely bite him. It is almost impossible to feed a newborn chick at home, since it needs to be constantly heated and fed every 2-3 hours. So you can say goodbye to sleep. What to do with such a chick? Either try to find the nest and return it there, or leave it to the will of fate, since the chance of a favorable outcome is extremely small in any case. You can pick it up only if you already have experience in nursing chicks. And, yes, if successful, you will get a pet, because then in no case will the chick be released into the wild, since he will not be able to feed himself.

Yellowmouths are already feathered, but absolutely unable to feed themselves. They will sit and open their beak at any object that is in their reach. Such a chick can survive in the wild if the parents do not stop feeding it and it finds a good hiding place. Such a chick could either fall out of the nest out of curiosity, or it was forced out by its brethren, or it “tried the wing”. But he is not yet able to fly. It is much easier to keep such a chick at home than a newborn, since it no longer needs constant heating (but it is not worth supercooling either). But you will have to feed just as often and regularly. And, yes, get used to the idea that you now have a house sparrow that won't survive in the wild.

3. Fledglings . These are chicks that are trying with might and main to fly (although it does not always work out). They themselves jump out of the nest and try to fly. As a rule, these chicks are sufficiently adapted to adult life, they know how to peck food themselves, and quickly run away from a possible enemy. Parents continue to feed them even on the ground. Between feedings, the chick sits in a secluded place. It is better to leave such a chick alone, it is almost an adult bird, its chances of survival in nature are very high. The maximum is to plant it on some kind of elevation, where predators like cats and dogs will not get it. Unless, you notice that the chick is injured, then the sparrow can be picked up. Such a chick has quite a lot of chances to adapt in the wild again. Moreover, he may never get used to you, trying to escape at any opportunity.

Nurturing the chick

First, make a “nest” for the chick from a soft, lint-free cloth. You need to wrap it so that the chick is in a semi-inclined position: the breast rests against the edge of the nest, the paws are at the very bottom. So the chick will be comfortable and comfortable. And don't forget to regularly check the cleanliness of the nest.

In general, you will have to forget about rest until the chick learns to feed on its own. Every 15-20 minutes during daylight hours, you will need to feed the chick, and until it is satiated (stops opening its mouth, demanding another portion). Due to the high level of metabolism, chicks, having not received food at the right time, simply "burn" their resources. Leaving the chick without food for 3-6 hours, even if after that you start to feed it intensively, you doom the bird to death due to metabolic disorders.

Most small songbirds (including sparrows) feed their nestlings with insects. Therefore, your chick also needs animal feed. Ant cocoons, flour worms, fly larvae, chicken eggs, cottage cheese are suitable. Do not howl about a variety of vitamin and mineral supplements. In addition, it is impossible to completely replace insects in food, for example, with cottage cheese.

We feed correctly

Since the sparrow will have to be fed very often, you need to either be near him or carry him with you. The second option is not very good, as it is additional stress for the chick. The first two days (if you picked up a newborn chick) you will also have to provide heating for the pet. You can make a heating pad from a flat bottle filled with warm water.

Small chicks can be kept in a box until they start trying to get out. For older chicks, it is better to find a small cage. In any case, soft, dry bedding, such as dried grass or moss, is necessary. Temporarily they can be replaced with cotton wool, but then try to make sure that the chick does not get tangled in it or swallow the fibers.

The best way to feed a chick is with tweezers. Try to get the chick to open its mouth by itself (there will be no problems with small ones). This can be achieved if during feeding, bringing tweezers, slightly shake the nest or touch the feathers on the head or the corners of the mouth with tweezers. You can even lightly click on the beak.

If it was not possible to force the chick to open its beak, the first feeding will have to be carried out by force, opening the beak with your hands. Once having taken food from the tweezers on its own, the chick will continue to willingly beg for supplements until it learns to feed on its own: as soon as the chick begins to pick up food from the floor of the cage, the food can be moved to the feeder. By the way, by this time the chick needs to pick up a large cage so that the sparrow can run, jump and fly.

Preparing chick formula

The health, appearance and even life of the chick depends on the quality of the mixture and the completeness of the nutrients it contains. Below is a recipe for a complete mixture, nothing needs to be changed in it, this mixture is not so difficult to prepare.

1). Grate a medium-sized carrot on a fine grater, squeeze the juice as hard as possible. You only need the squeezed pulp.

2). We rub one boiled egg on a fine grater.

3). Grind boiled veal, beef or chicken with a knife, tear into thin fibers.

4). Grind some greens (lettuce, wood lice, dandelion leaves, but not spicy herbs).

5). We take 10 grams of low-fat and non-acidic cottage cheese, let the curd flow around, you can squeeze it out if possible.

6). Put 2 tablespoons of boiled crumbly millet porridge without salt and without oil.

7). Add a teaspoon of daphnia (dry fish food).

8). Add calcium glycerophosphate (proportions - 1 tablet per liter of the mixture).

9). Add half a teaspoon of finely grated eggshells.

10). Mix all ingredients thoroughly. If the mixture sticks to your hands, you can add some cereals and cereals ground in a coffee grinder.

Leave the mixture to stand to equalize its moisture content, then mix again. The feed mixture should roll into small balls that do not stick to the hands. The serving size for feeding is smaller than a cherry pit. Since the mixture is quite a lot, it can be stored in the freezer in the refrigerator and defrosted, if necessary, a portion for the day.

Also don't forget to water the chick (from a pipette), preferably during feeding (1-2 drops of water for each ball of food). The pipette can simply be substituted to the tip of the beak without opening it.

This is the main thing you need to know if you decide to feed a sparrow chick at home. We hope everything works out for you.

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Sparrows are not exotic birds

Sparrows are not exotic birds at all. They can often be found in parks, squares, playgrounds, their flocks fly in to sit on a balcony or windowsill. However, what should you do if you find a sparrow chick during a walk?

Our website already had a general article on how to behave in such cases (look for it here). But, judging by how many comments and questions about how to get out the found chick of a pigeon, crow, swift, not everyone is still aware that it is not worth interfering in the processes of nature.

But, if you still picked up a sparrow chick (because you thought it would die without you), learn to give it the right help. And how to feed a sparrow chick, how to care for him - we will tell you in our today's article...

Why the sparrow ended up on the ground

A fledgling chick can fall out of the nest

Sparrow could fall out of the nest. After all, the parents of this species of birds themselves rarely throw away their children. Other birds could "help" him to leave the nest. Among swifts, starlings, crows and, of course, sparrows, quite often there is a feud over the best nests. And getting rid of its permanent residents, the invaders are ready to throw away their offspring.

If the sparrow is lucky, and he did not crash, falling to the ground, then he really will need your help. Especially if you see other birds (not sparrows) circling above it. Even if you drive them away, they may return, or the chick may become a victim of other animals.

Therefore, if there is no way to return him to his parents (by the way, sparrows do not smell human smell, therefore, you don’t have to worry that they will not accept the chick back), you will have to take care of him. And most importantly, do it right.

How to determine the age of a sparrow

To properly care for a chick, you need to determine its age at least by eye. And our tips will help you with this. So,

  • if the sparrow was recently born, then its body is not yet covered with feathers, its eyes can be closed, and the dimensions are very tiny. Just want to note that he is very helpless and needs protection. That's just, you need to feed him every 2-3 hours. It is unlikely that you, a busy person, will have such an opportunity day and night. Therefore, as an option, in order not to leave the bird to its fate, you can throw the sparrow into another sparrow's nest.
  • Yellowmouths - the body of the chicks is already covered with fluff and feathers, but the beak is decorated with a yellow stripe, which indicates that they are still very young. Therefore, they still cannot get their own food. They need to be fed.
  • Fledglings are teenage birds ready for independent life and learning to fly. In principle, if there are no predators nearby, and bad weather is not approaching, they do not need your help.

What to feed a sparrow chick

A sparrow chick, like any other, needs special food and water. It would be better to feed him with a pipette or with a syringe without a needle. This must be done very carefully so as not to injure the beak, and so that the bird does not choke. By the way,

young birds cannot drink on their own. They will either choke or die of thirst near water. Therefore, they need to be forced to drink several times a day.

Sparrows are omnivores. And it pleases. Therefore, as soon as you bring the bird home, make sure to feed it lean meat, minced meat, boiled egg, cottage cheese or fish. In the future, you will need to take care to find flour worms, larvae, small insects. From human food, you can give cottage cheese, eggs, meat, fish.

It is very important to feed the passerine chicks on time. Otherwise, due to the rapid metabolism, they begin to burn their own resources of the body. Therefore, get ready to feed newborn birds every 15-20 minutes, and after 2-3 hours feed yellowmouths.

How to make feed mix for sparrow chicks

It is understandable that you may not be able to feed fresh insects to your chick every day. But so that you don’t worry about feeding your feathered guest poorly, try to make the following mixture for him:0005

  • squeeze juice from grated raw carrots,
  • boil an egg and mash it,
  • cut small boiled meat (beef, chicken or veal),
  • take greens and chop them,
  • add some cottage cheese (10 grams is enough),
  • add 2 tablespoons of water-cooked wheat groats (without oil and salt and sugar),
  • add a teaspoon of fish food,
  • add 1 tablet of calcium glycerophosphate to the eggshell (it must first be ground).
  • Thoroughly mix the resulting mixture of individual ingredients until smooth, roll it into small balls, the size of a cherry stone. Feed these balls to a sparrow chick during the day. This is quite a complete diet for him. By the way, such balls, so that they do not deteriorate, can be stored in the freezer.
  • Before feeding, they will need to be thawed, and a few drops of water should be dropped on them - so the sparrow will eat and drink immediately.

How to give calcium to sparrows

Without calcium, the body of a sparrow chick or any other bird will not be able to fully develop. Your winged pet may develop rickets. Therefore, calcium must be added. Its source can be food clay, raw egg shells ... As a rule, a bird needs

calcium as much as 2% of its body weight. But, many breeders say that if you give 0.5 teaspoons of calcium throughout the day, you can't go wrong.

What you need to know about sparrow chicks

  1. Sparrow life saved

    It is better to feed newborn sparrows with a syringe with a catheter. But for older birds, this method is not suitable. Brush feeding is also not the best option, as you can stain the bird's plumage. Therefore, a compromise must be found. By the way, it is better not to give him the whole portion at once. It is better to divide it into 3 parts, and give with short breaks. Don't forget that overfeeding is just as bad as undereating. Therefore, it is not worth giving food more than 2/3 of the volume of the bird's head at a time.

  2. After you feed the chick and its weight reaches 20-27 grams, its body will be covered with feathers, the tail will be long, and the beak will no longer be yellow, and it will show a desire to live on its own, stop feeding it so that it can learn to eat on one's own. For a bird, this is very important, especially if you plan to later release it into the wild, to relatives.
  3. Perhaps at first the transition to foraging for oneself will be difficult, but it needs to be passed. The main thing is that the weight of the chick does not fall below the mark of 21 grams. Then the bird will have to start feeding again.

How to release a sparrow chick into the wild

Only a healthy, independent bird that can eat and get its own food can be released into the wild. At the same time, you should not immediately let her go overnight and disappear from her life. It is necessary to prepare in advance for excommunication. Spend less time with the bird, take it in your arms less often, do not talk to it. It is clear that this is your temporary pet, but it will be better for him if he is not strongly attached to you and does not feel like your pet.

If possible, first place the bird in an open-air enclosure, so that the bird gets used to the surrounding sounds, smells and nature. Transfer the sparrow to its natural diet. When you see that the sparrow is ready to start an independent life, open the doors of the aviary or cage and wish the bird a happy journey. You have done a lot for her, but then she must fly on her own. By the way, before you release it, read the weather forecast.

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