A naked baby bird must be kept on heat. Placing a heating pad under half of the container allows even a naked baby bird to move off, or closer to, the heat if it chooses.
A nestling or fledglingís best chance for survival is with its bird parents. Click here for an easy to follow chart explaining when itís appropriate to rescue a bird and when itís not.
As a general rule, if you find a bird so young or disabled that it cannot feed or fly, it is in need of assistance. A bird's primary defense is flight, so a bird on the ground is a bird in need of help.
Catch the bird and gently hold it in your hands examining it for the following. If the bird appears weak, cold, or has any apparent injuries such as an open wound, drooping wing, or broken leg, it requires immediate assistance. Call WBRH at (808) 447-9274.
If the bird is bleeding, use a tissue to apply light pressure to the wound until bleeding stops.
Weak or injured birds usually need rehydrating. They can slowly be given sips of Gatorade or a sugar water mixture which can then be given by dipping your finger in the liquid and running your finger along its beak so the liquid can slowly seep inside. (Sugar water mixture is five parts water to one part sugar or honey)
Carefully place the bird in a covered container (allow for air holes). The container should be soft, warm and padded. Keep the bird in a quiet place, giving it access to heat until you can contact a rehabber or veterinarian.
Wild Bird Rehab
Haven of Hawaii
P.O. Box 1897
Kailua, HI 96734
Wild Bird Rehab Haven