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We just found an injured baby bird. Looks like one leg is

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we just found an injured baby bird. Looks like one leg is either broken. otherwise, it seems to be alert and healthy. It might be a baby mocking bird.. any suggestion how to help the little one?
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 your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.
I am very sorry to hear about this poor wee one. Unfortunately, if this leg looks broken, you will be limited with what you can do to help him. Therefore, I have to say that the best option would be to consider submitting him to an experienced bird rehabilitator. They will be in the best position to legally (since the US have wildlife laws that require permits for wild bird rearing) and medically provide the care he needs to be rehabilitated and returned to the wild. 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, you can take him to your local veterinary practice and they will be able to examine him. If this is treatable, they address this and then 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, you will want to keep him in a little hospital cage (one level with a soft substrate floor). You will want to make sure to regulate the temperature and keep him warm. 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 for birds 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 would move if they grew too warm).
Overall, broken legs in birds do take a lot of care and rehabilitation before they can return to the wild. Therefore, it would be best for this little one to be taken to either the vet or bird rehabilitators. They will be legally and medically able to retain this wee lad and provide the care he needs to give him the best chance of life.
I hope this information is helpful.
Please do let me know if you have any further questions.
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All the best,
Dr. B.
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