These days it will be difficult for us not to encounter a young squirrel who has fallen prematurely from its nest. The main reason these birds fall out of the nest is that they have to jump with the suffocating heat reaching inside. SEO/BirdLife offers the following tips for anyone who encounters one of these birds on the ground.
Unfortunately, on the one hand, the incidence of this problem is expected to increase from year to year. climate change will make extreme heat events more frequent and intense, on the other hand home remodeling and remodeling it drives out large numbers of reptiles each year from their best breeding grounds and forces new nests to be placed in areas that are much more exposed to the effects of heat.
The swifts who fall to the ground are doomed to die, so it is urgent to try to help them. The first option is always transport them to a recovery center should be looked after by professionals. In extreme cases where this option may be impossible, we may try to generate the agility ourselves, but Swifts are very special birds that need equally special care.it needs a great deal of effort and dedication so that the young bird has the best chance of developing and surviving freely.
Getting Started: Collecting and “diagnosing” Swift
- be careful fast but firmly, don’t leave any “space” in your hand for him to struggle with, because his fur gets very distorted in the process. do not be afraid! It will cling to your hand with its claws; but in no case will it hurt you or anything like that.
- Make sure what we find is a young fast. (and uninjured) and not an injured adult (sometimes adults bump into each other trying to reach the nest and fall dazed). The way to find out if the rod in our hand can fly (adult) is simple: We will put the hand holding the swift at the height of our face in an environment where the bird can fly (large space, because it may be difficult for him to gain height) and we will simply open our hand. A healthy adult will fly away fast, an injured adult will likely try to fly unsuccessfully and, if young, cling to our hand to avoid falling. In no case will we try to make it fly fast by throwing it upwards or letting it fall from a height higher than our face.
If the swift has a serious injury such as a broken wing, he will most likely need to be euthanized and of course it will be impossible for us to assist him, so these specimens should go to a rescue center for your evaluation.
- Keep Swift in a box (a shoe with a hole in the cap works perfectly) absorbent paper inside.
- Take it to a Recovery Center.
Things we should NEVER do
Even if the weather is hot and the tiny spark seems to be suffocating: We’ll never wet it to freshen it up… This could kill you in a matter of hours.
- We will never sink its beak To give him a drink, if water enters through his nostrils (the holes in his beak where he breathes), the water will enter his respiratory system and he will most likely die from suffering from pneumonia.
- We shouldn’t feed him with the first thing we find. Even if we think you’re hungry. Swifts are adapted to survive several days without food, so it’s normal for a few hours or even a day without food to do much harm, but insufficient food does.
Food: Insects and only insects
Of course, if we quickly ask what to feed or search the Internet, we will find many options, from lethal “milk cookies” to traditional cat food or strips of raw meat. The truth is that these diets are not suitable for a fast diet.
The key to success in rapid reproduction is to feed it insects and only insects.. While flying will depend on its weight and the quality of its feathers, something very important to a bird, once released it will need to stay in the air for months.
Must be staple food for Swifts tenebrio larvae (also called mealworm) and crickets (acheta domesticus). We can buy these from exotic pet stores (and both can be purchased online) or even fisherman’s stores.
Also as a treat or to encourage eating, honey worm (melonella gallery) fast per day.
All these insects must be obtained alive (never dehydrated or frozen)and should be kept alive until the fattening period. It is best to store them in their container in the refrigerator to prevent the larvae from developing faster.
We can leave the insects in a small bowl with some water during the process. With water to cling to them There will be no need to water the counter.
How much and how to feed
When we have enough food (insects), fast depending on their age, they take food as often as every hour to every three hours (during the day): the more often you feed, the younger you are.
The usual thing is, if he gets hungry fast, he’ll swallow the honeyworm, which we’ll put right next to his beak in the corner (remember, we only need to give one a day).
If it is necessary to force the feeding (it happens with some slides) we have to immobilize the slider with one hand, but “wrap” with kitchen paper firsthandkerchief,… so as not to damage your hair. with our hands (if we don’t do it in the long run it will result in hair damage). Once well fixed and immobilized, we will prevent lateral movement of your head with the thumb and middle or index finger of the same hand. With the help of tweezers (round tip) we will force the opening of the mouth from the edge of the beak, never from the edge of the beak! We will immediately introduce the index finger of the hand we are holding so that it does not close and we will introduce the food quickly. Yes, it sounds complicated and at first it is, but gradually it takes practice. More than recommended, almost mandatory to consult this PDF “reproduction protocol” from the web falciotnegre.com here you will find pictures and videos showing each step as well as lots of information (estimating the age of the speeder, how to hold it to feed,…).
Weigh the fast every day and record his weight It is an important step that we should not overlook as it will help us check that everything is going well and that the puppies are developing properly. It’s impossible for every fast to gain enough weight, but the ideal is to gain some weight each day, some examples may exceed 50 grams before starting the “slimming” phase on this diet.
When the swift is small, it can live perfectly in a fairly large shoebox. But as his wings grow he will need a large box to stretch his wings completely. This is necessary because the bird will begin to strengthen its flight muscles by raising its body above the tips of its open wings, just like doing push-ups. In a quiet room we can leave it in a large plastic box, one of which is used to organize things.
What should never be done is to encourage him to fly indoors to “practice”.
moment of salvation
Knowing when the fast is ready to be released is something that often worries us after all the effort put into the little one. We really shouldn’t be worried. it is he who knows he is ready, and he will let us know with his desire to fly away. as soon as you see the slightest possibility. We can confirm that the feathers of their wings (t-shirts) are fully grown as they will lose their balls at the base.
We will choose to release a rainy day In the next 24 hours, we choose the central hours of the day around us. there must be a place unhindered in a large radius and without a lot of vegetation so in the unlikely event that something goes wrong, it’s easy to find and recover quickly. We will never choose a high place (cliff, single storey terrace, etc.)On the contrary, a flat or slightly sloping location is ideal. When we’re ready, we’ll just have to grab the fast one, say goodbye forever, and let it go with our head high hand. It should never be broadcast or it could end badly..
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