Urgent help needed with baby bird

Can anybody tell me how best to try to care overnight for what looks like a baby sparrow? Piglet found it huddled against a wall at the edge of a pavement as we were setting off to walk just now. I couldn’t leave it as it was on a busy road, and most dogs would probably have bitten it first and asked questions later.

I’ll take it to the vet in the morning, and I hope they’ll know what to do, but in the meantime I’m not sure whether I should try to feed it. It seems to have its feathers, and it survived the shock of the walk back to my place cradled in my hand, so hopefully it’s as robust as such a small thing can be. Should I try to give it some bread softened in water? Or something else?

Please advise if you can.

A bit later: The poor wee thing is chirping away in its box in the kitchen! Piglet has been banished to the garden for barking. The cat is nowhere to be seen…


9 Responses to Urgent help needed with baby bird

  1. alan.sloman says:

    Pinched from the web:
    Food: Grain, seed, insects according to the text books, however, sparrows are now largely dependant upon man for food and for nesting sites and hence appear in great numbers in urban areas. Because of the practice of feeding birds, most survive the winter to cause damage in allotments, farms, and market gardens. In the autumn, flocks of sparrows feed on ripening split corn. Besides damaging grain, sparrows disbud plum trees, currants and gooseberries and tear at crocuses, primroses, polyanthus, chrysanthemums and lettuces. In cereal growing areas, the house sparrow is considered a serious pest and under the Protection of Birds Act 1954, may be taken or killed by the owner or the occupier of the land or somebody authorised by them.

    Look after the poor wee creature!

  2. Wendy says:

    Don’t what ever you do take the sparrow to the vets as they will not look after it but will put it to sleep.Me and my brothers did that when we were kids thinking they would look after them but one of my brothers found out years later that they put them to sleep.try and get it to a rescue center that deals with baby birds and hope all turns out well….

    • peewiglet says:

      Many thanks–I was thinking the same thing 😦

      I’m trying to track down some person or organisation locally that can help with rescued wild birds. Have joined a bird forum and asked for help.

      It’s heart-breaking. The poor little thing is cheeping away in the box behind me, full of hope.

  3. Wendy says:

    Can you get hold of any wild bird food{seed}from a local Spa,Co-Op,or One Stop Shop etc then see if it can feed for it’s self.Also put some fresh drinking water in with it but not in a container that would be large enough for it to drown it’s self in.If it doesn’t get food inside it, it will surly die…

  4. Louise says:

    Not bread, in any form. It has a tendancy to swell in the stomach and, well, you can imagine… At the small stage, it tends to be soft food, insects, caterpillars, grubs, maggots, all the sorts of things you probably won’t want to, er, grub around for and handle. Raid your roses for greenfly?
    Good luck.

  5. Mike Knipe says:

    I’ve taken sparries in as a lad… survival rates were poor, I’m afraid. In fact, there weren’t any survivors. The garden was a graveyard.

    Good luck, though!

  6. peewiglet says:

    Many thanks for the suggestions and advice, all.

    The poor thing was spending so much energy in calling for its parents that I took it back in the end, but asked for permission to put it beside the wall inside the garden rather than outside on the pavement. Not sure why that didn’t occur to me sooner. Doh…

    I hope it’ll be okay. Certainly, though, its chances are better back there than they would have been with me.

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