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Injured and dead birds in garden

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Bristolianharpie Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
This morning a couple of blackbirds (one male and one female) crashed into the windows of my house. The female hit the window hard and is now dead however the male is still alive and in shock. We've placed the male in a box of soft bedding and taken him inside to keep him warm.

We are not sure how to properly dispose of the dead female and would like some advice for caring for the male until he recovers. We're pretty sure he's just in shock but we don't know for how long.
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Kightster Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Dig a hole, dump the bird there and cover it with dirt. Simple stuff.
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AvisCelox Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He should be fine by now. Let him go if you haven't already.

As for the female, you can bury her or simply leave her somewhere out of sight. The earth will handle the rest.
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Lady-KL Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He died at the vet.
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AvisCelox Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes these things happen. You did everything you could.

There are measures you could take to try to prevent this in the future. [link]
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Lady-KL Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not the OP or the one who took him to the vet. ;) Thanks for the link, though.
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M-G-Studio Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The male is probably in much more shock while staying indoors, you should let him free if he isn't injured at all. Just place him outside somewhere far from streets, where cars might run him over if he doesn't fly away in time. As for the female, just bury her somewhere near a tree under the earth and place a big rocks on top so that any stray cats or dogs don't dig her up and eat her.
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Lady-KL Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He died at the vet.
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M-G-Studio Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yea I kinda assumed that was going to happen.
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kafine Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013   General Artist
Okay I noticed that we already saw that the bird died, I am sorry to hear that.

In the future though, I would recommend against bringing small wild birds inside in order to care for them. Birds are very flighty and have weak hearts. Unexpected stress can be enough to kill a bird, so you should avoid changing its situation or touching it any more than necessary. If it tried to fly while indoors that would have been disastrous.

If it happens again, find a place where you can see it from the house but is out of reach of cats and sheltered from hawks, place the bird there and watch it from a distance for signs of activity. Example might be, on a covered bird table.

If they die you should return them to the earth. You can bury them, but leaving them on soil somewhere out of sight away from the house will be just as good. I had a space between the wall, the shed and a shrub at the end of the garden I used to use for this.

Birds flying into windows is very common. It happens all the time at my house but thankfully nobody has killed themselves doing it yet. Consider putting stickers on your windows if you seem to be on a "flight path".
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Bristolianharpie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Thank you, that was very helpful.


We're looking into getting stickers for the windows so it hopefully won't happen again.
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