How do you care for an injured thrush bird?

December 30th, 2011 by Emily
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Question: How do you care for an hurt thrush bird?
Nextdoors’ cat has stuck down a young song thrush bird, so my mom has taken it in an old cage. It couldn’t achievement much and doesn’t fly very well, but it seems to be looking healthier now, and is raring around the cage.

Since song thrushes are worm eaters, other members have advised feeding these birds with cat food, is this correct?

We can’t release the bird just yet (7:20PM, British summer time) because the cats are still out, and we can’t keep them out the garden. They’ve been at the cage a few times, so the bird is currently indoors.

How and when is the best time for release? The bird seems young, so should it be released before nesting, or should the morning be a superior time?
Edit– Heard the mom calling this morning, so put the cage outside and opened it. Subsequently the parents fed the bird, which appears to be a fledgling, who has retreated to a hedge, and it appears they are now teaching it to fly, however I’m unsure whether its injuries might be preventing it. My mum is ringing the vets later for advice, should the bird be injured.

Best answer:

Answer by that-girl-called-aymee..
if i were you i’d contact the rspca. they could take it in locally. sometimes its hard for them to ajust back to the wild after human contact. not that its bad that you helped it – it’s brilliant that you cared!

good luck =]

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One Comment on “How do you care for an injured thrush bird?”

  1. birdgirl says:

    Check the bird over for wounds from the cat…cats carry a lot of bacteria in their saliva and infection can set in quickly. If there are wounds the bird needs antibiotic treatment at a wildlife rehab. If no wounds, you can release the bird in the same area you found it…as the parents may still be nearby looking for it and caring for it. You can put it up in a tree or scrub for relative safety from the cat or other predators. Ask you neighbors if they would be willing to keep their cat indoors where it will be safer and also not kill native wildlife. It would be best to release the bird in the morning..in hopes that the parents will find it or that it will be able to feed if it is able to forage on it’s own. Birds sleep at night..so this would not be the best time to release as the bird would have to go without food all night. Look for a rehab here if you need one:
    http://www.tc.umn.edu/~devo0028/contactI.htm

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