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MY DOG JUST FOUND A HURT BABYWOODPECKER!!!! NEED ADVICE NOW!

What can I do for this little thing. It has a little cut on its wing and throught area. I have handfed birds at a pet store i worked at but never a wild bird! any advice on what to do? What to feed it?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:38 PM on May. 23, 2009 in Pets

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  • I would guess you should just treat it like you would one of your pet store birds. Probably some crickets or earth worms from a pet store to feed it. I coubt a baby could eat seads and such. Probably chopped up earth worms and you will need to hand feed it most likely. I hope it makes it! Good luck! oh and if you google baby woodpecker care I'm sure you will find lots of info
    mrsbvader

    Answer by mrsbvader at 4:42 PM on May. 23, 2009

  • Google up what to feel baby woodpeckers.
    There might be some like at home recipe or something.
    CamiiiCompasion

    Answer by CamiiiCompasion at 4:49 PM on May. 23, 2009

  • Why don't you put the poor thing out of it's misery? If it is injured it is very unlikely that you will be able to release it back into the wild. And besides a woodpecker isn't really a bird you could keep as a pet. It will probably starve or die of the injury before it makes a full recovery. If it does recover what will you do with it? If it gets use to humans it probably won't know to stay away from them and end up being killed by a house cat or dog.
    JMO, it might be better for the poor thing if you humanly euthanize it.
    Nathskitten

    Answer by Nathskitten at 5:22 PM on May. 23, 2009

  • It depends on how bad it is if it is bad then it should be taken in to a vet or some thing but if you can rehabilitate it then it needs bugs and worms but you will have to mash them good if its a baby cause thats what its mom would do unless of course you want to chew it up and spit it into its mouth your self LOL! Good Luck
    BellahMom

    Answer by BellahMom at 5:44 PM on May. 23, 2009

  • Google wildlife rehabilitation for your area.

    Here, we have the Texas Rehabilitation Coalition. They have a "main" location in Houston where you can drop off injured wildlife & also have volunteers spread throughout the area who you can call directly & take the animal to their home for help.
    Laura1229

    Answer by Laura1229 at 5:59 PM on May. 23, 2009

  • I agree with Laura....look up wildlife rehab in your area. There is one in my area as well and they would have more in depth knowledge on wild birds and how to care for them so that they may be released into the wild later on.
    lucindamartinez

    Answer by lucindamartinez at 8:05 PM on May. 23, 2009

  • Its the same as birds in the petstore...put him in a shoebox or cage of some kind....put a towel or hay if you have it and you can feed some plain yogurt and just give him time to heal....thats all he probably needs. I have done this with MANY wild birds....
    calliesmommie

    Answer by calliesmommie at 8:55 PM on May. 23, 2009

  • Do you have a Wildlife center in your area? I would try to contact them. If not call the pet store and see what you can feed it. Goodluck!
    IMAMOM2-2KIDS

    Answer by IMAMOM2-2KIDS at 3:18 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • Call your humian society. They usually have people on a list that will come get wild animals and nurse them back to health. My dog almost killed 7 baby rabbits before I got her ( she's a Weimeriner,it's in her blood, so can't get mad) I called them and they had a "rabbit lady" She came out got the survivers including a very damaged baby and nursed them all back to health.
    Liamsmom09

    Answer by Liamsmom09 at 11:35 AM on May. 25, 2009

  • Feed it some dry dog food with water.I had a wild baby bird and I googled it, it also said not to feed them worms / bugs I didnt know that , that was my first guess.Good luck!
    IloveJesus316

    Answer by IloveJesus316 at 1:35 PM on May. 27, 2009

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