Although we do not take in birds at this facility, we can help you locate a facility or rehabilitation in your area. Please, DO NOT TRY TO FEED THE BIRD and note these care instructions until you are able to contact a rehabilitator.
Contact Karen at Wild Feathers Songbird Rehabilitation at
(903) 724-4154 or (903) 727-0211.
If you find a wild orphaned baby bird, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FEED IT no matter how much it begs! Determine if the baby can be renested. If the baby bird is not injured, cold, or in obvious imminent danger; or if you have not noticed dead parents nearby,
renesting can be an option. The mother bird WILL accept the baby back into the nest EVEN IF YOU HAVE TOUCHED IT.
If renesting is NOT an option, contact a wildlife rehabilitator immediately.
In the meantime, place the baby in a small softly-lined covered box with ventilation. Supplemental heat must be provided by placing half of the box onto a heating pad on a low setting. Check frequently to ensure the baby is not overheated.
Place the box in a warm, dark quiet indoor location away from all humans and pets.
If a fully feathered, healthy looking baby is hopping along the ground, observe from a distance to determine if the parents are nearby. A parent will land on the ground with food in its mouth and call to the baby. The baby will return the call to let the parent know where it is. The parent(s) will continue to return with food while the little one is learning to fly. Keep out of sight and minimize all activity so the parents will feel safe enough to return. Keep dogs, cats and kids away from the area.
If there is no sign of a parent for more than 2 hours, contact a wildlife rehabilitator.