All dry food should be softened before being offered to a baby bird. Use a syringe to push the food past the glottis.
Usually a fledgling bird eats everything that you feed to dogs and cats.
How to get a wild baby bird to eat. Soak the kibble in water for an hour using a ratio of 1 part kibble to 2 parts water. As baby birds get older and start to eat more the parents don t have time to digest the food as much before giving it to the baby bird. Feed the baby bird every 15 to 20 minutes from sunrise to sunset.
Do this only if you are certain that the bird eats seeds e g doves or pigeons. First of all you need to get as much information about the food of a fledgling bird as possible. For example the diet of a baby dove will consist of a grain based formula such as kaytee exact but a baby grackle requires a mash high in protein.
Feed the bird small pea sized pieces of the now spongy kibble. Start with an instant baby bird formula specially developed for wild birds. If you re feeding with a syringe you may need to switch to a spoon with the sides bent up.
The baby then gradually transitions to eating solid food. If you have an insect eating bird add protein such as hard boiled egg yolk and or kitten chow soaked in water until moist. Feed baby birds an appropriate diet for their species.
If your bird eats seeds alone use seed formula which you can find at a pet store. This can be purchased online or at your local pet supplies store. But you should soak the food in the water in order to make it soft and moist which will help fledgling bird to eat it easily.
In the short term you can replace the bird s natural food with dog kibble until the bird is under expert care. Pet stores often carry seed formula for baby parrots. In order to replicate this rigorous feeding schedule yourself you must feed the baby bird every 15 to 20 minutes from sunrise to sunset.
Baby birds eat often and require excellent nutrition to develop normally. Tips for feeding baby wild birds if it is necessary for you to feed a baby bird remember. Feed bird seed formula to herbivores.
Offer food that is spongy in texture not dripping with water that could cause choking or drowning. Baby birds have very demanding feeding schedules their parents make literally hundreds of feeding trips everyday.