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Corvid’s do tend to leave the nest before they are ready and you really do need to make sure before rescuing a bird if it really is in need of a rescue – are the parents nearby – if so leave well alone but keep watch at a distance, it is also very common for the birds to fall from the trees but be unable to get up high enough to be out of danger – if you believe the bird is in danger you will need to pick them up and follow the steps outlined below.
It is important to note that in the event of finding and injured or orphaned young corvid that you give them the correct care in order for them to survive. The care outlined below is only for emergency use just so that you know what to do if you do rescue a bird in distress, the most important thing you can do in order for the bird to survive is to contact your nearest corvid rescuer and they will be able to make the best choices for the bird and give the best care.
If you do find an injured bird, place them in a warm dry box or cage with plenty of ventilation – do not give them a water bowl as they could drown. At this point if the bird is in a bad way contact your local veterinary surgery, they will be able to help the injured bird, quite often they will take the bird from you, but you are allowed to take care of the bird as I have found if you leave the bird it quite often gets put to sleep. Hopefully you will have a happy outcome and you will be able to bring the bird home – but remember caring for a wild bird is very time consuming and if you are unsure as to how committed you are I advise you speak to your local corvid rescuer. If you find a young corvid or with a slight injury the main thing to do is to keep them warm and dry, you can provide a hot water bottle filled with warm water and wrapped in a towel so they can get warm, be careful not to put the bird to near as they could get to hot. Leave the bird in a quiet place for a while so they do not get stressed. If possible when the bird is more settled syringe them a mixture of sugar and water and a tiny pinch of salt only give them a few drops, be careful not to put too much in the beak at once as they could drown. After an hour or so you may wish to feed the bird, young corvid’s ‘gape’ for their food they call loudly with their mouths open – an ample opportunity to place some food in the mouth at the back of the throat, this then needs to be done every hour at the minimum, I use cat meat these birds love it and its not that messy – use cat meat in jelly as the little cubes can be broken into small pieces. Its important to note hand feeding is time consuming and you have to be very patient – I would advise this be done by someone who has experience or at least call your nearest corvid rescuer for guidance.
Corvid's do need more specialist care if they are to be looked after longer term before release, please note it is against the law to intentionally imprint a wild bird or animal it is also against the law to release an imprinted bird into the wild where it cannot look after itself.