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How to Care for Baby Birds That Have Fallen Out of a Nest

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How to Care for Baby Birds That Have Fallen Out of a Nest

How to Care for Baby Birds That Have Fallen Out of a Nest. If you are walking outside and find a baby bird that has fallen out of the nest, your first thought is probably to bring the bird home and nurse it back to health. Believe it or not, doing so can actually be harmful. Birds can easily die from being overfed or underfed, and newborn baby birds need food every 15 to 20 minutes during the day - a nearly impossible task for most people to take on. Instead, you can make sure to leave the bird in a place where its parents can find it and take care of it.

If you're thinking of saving a baby bird, think again. It probably isn't the best choice.

Things Needed

  • Plastic berry box (or wicker box)
  • String

Step 1

Check the bird for injuries. If the bird has been injured, call a local veterinarian or conservation department and ask them for advice on healing the specific injuries. If the bird is not injured, there's a good chance you can help it out.

Step 2

Stick out your finger and encourage the bird to hop onto it. If the bird perches on your finger and grips it well, the bird is probably a fledgling (older, nonflying bird). If it cannot, it is probably a nestling (younger, newborn bird). If the bird is a fledgling, leave it where it is. It is normal for these birds to leave the nest.

Step 3

Try to find the nest to place the nestling into. Look around the area where you found the baby bird, searching well in dense branches nearby. If you find the nest, place the bird in the nest and leave the area.

Step 4

Make your own nest, if you cannot find the original one. Line a small wicker basket or a plastic berry box with tissues. Tie the basket securely to the branch of a tree by threading string through the holes in the basket and knotting it around the branch.

Step 5

Place the baby bird in the homemade nest, and leave the area. Keep all cats and other domesticated animals as far from the area as possible.


  • Touching a baby bird will not scare the parents away from feeding it. This is a common belief that makes people think they must feed the bird themselves once the bird has been touched by humans.


  • It is illegal to have a wild bird (or other animal) in your possession.
  • Never force a bird to drink water. If a bird is not thirsty, giving water can cause the bird to die of drowning -- a common cause of death for hand-fed birds.
  • Do not pet birds. Birds are wild animals and can be stressed from petting.


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