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There was a baby bird that got knocked out of it's nest and

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there was a baby bird that got knocked out of it's nest and fell (was dangling for a while but came lose) he is still alive but i am not sure if it's neck is broken....i don't know what to do?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about this poor wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.
Now it sounds like he may be injured, paralyzed, and in shock, but if he is alive then he has not broken his neck. Therefore, since he sounds to be in a dire state, I must strongly advise that you ring
your local experienced bird rehabilitator. They will be in the best position to legally (since many countries have wildlife laws that require permits for wild bird rearing) and medically to provide the care he needs to survive this. To find one near you, you can check at:
Wildlife International (LINK @
US Wildlife Rehabilitation (LINK @
Wildlife Rehabilitation Information Directory (LINK @
Wildlife Rehabbers (LINK) @, or
Wildlife Sanctuaries (LINK @
Alternatively and perhaps best for urgent care, you can take him over to your local veterinary practice and they will take him in. They can examine this little one and if there isn't life threatening damage, they will be able to turn him over to the rehabilitation centre (often the vets will have a relationship with the local rehab centre).
While you are sorting out getting him into a rehabilitation centre, be aware that we don't really want to keep him cool if he is in shock. Instead, you will want to keep him in a little hospital cage (one level with a soft substrate floor) that is kept warm (since young and shocked animals will be prone to hypothermia). You can use a heat lamp, or a heating pad under half of the pen (do not put it in the cage). Alternatively, you can make a safe warmer from a clean sock filled 2/3rd full with uncooked white rice. Tie it closed and microwave (approx 1-1.5 min). Make sure to shake it before adding it to the cage, to allow the heat to distribute. Make sure its not too hot (as we don’t want to burn him. If it cools, you can re-warm as required). Whichever technique you use, do monitor the temperature closely, since we don’t want to overheat him (and we cannot be confident he will move if they grew too warm).
Overall, this poor lad has had a very rough start and sounds to be in shock. Therefore, do consider submitting him to either your vet or bird rehabilitators. They will be legally and medically able to retain care for him and give him the best chance of life.
I hope this information is helpful.
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All the best, *****
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