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ADULT BIRD > REHABILITATORS > Garden Birds

 

Read the REHABILITATORS section of ADULT BIRD first
Extra species specific information for long term husbandry below


HUSBANDRY
RELEASE


HUSBANDRY

  • Housing

Initially they will need a small cage, with space for the bird to stretch its wings comfortably
Floor covered with sand and twigs for perching
When recovered and no longer receiving treatment move to an outdoor aviary to assess the bird’s flying ability, and for the bird to acclimatise to the weather and build up its flight muscles

bird cage row of aviaries aviary
© Becki Lawson
© Mike & June Fox
© Becki Lawson

 

  • Handling
swift handling robin handling robin examination
© Dr Ken Perry courtesy of www.swift-conservation.org
© Colin Seddon
© Colin Seddon

 


RELEASE

See general RELEASE section above first
Seek assistance from expert organisations with knowledge of the whereabouts of particular species at different times of year. See CONTACTS page

Species specific considerations
Cat attack birds can sometimes recover in a few days - release to a cat free garden
Blackbirds and robins are very territorial - release into vacant territories
Migratory birds - release in time to join the migration

  • Swallows, martins, warbler – end of summer
  • Redwings, fieldfares – end of spring

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