What to do when you find a baby bird “in need”

Now is the time of year when there start to be chicks (baby birds) in our backyards, in the park, everywhere. It’s also the time when we see the most birds out of a nest and looking helpless. Though so many people have the best of intentions, helping a chick, especially one that is learning how to fly, is a very delicate situation.

Think of it this way: No child could ride a bike perfectly the very first time. And sometimes a bike rider gets away from their parents/guardian. And sometimes the bike rider might fall down and even get hurt. We would never want a stranger who was just trying to help to take the rider away to the hospital without telling the parent/guardian first.

Photo by JERutter

Photo by JERutter

Chicks can not fly perfectly the very first time either. So we should not remove the chicks from the area where their family is unless there is a visible injury or need.

Tree Swallow juveniles Photo by JERutter

Tree Swallow – juveniles ready to learn how to fly
Photo by JERutter

To  help the birds as best as you can there are two important things to remember:


2) Follow the chart included below.

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I really could not have said it better myself.

Let’s all do what we can to help the fallen chicks because chicks already have so much to overcome on their journey to adulthood.