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Injured and dead birds in garden

:iconbristolianharpie:
Bristolianharpie Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Filmographer
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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Knightster 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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:iconbristolianharpie:
Bristolianharpie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student Filmographer
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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GeNeRaLLuLz Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Birds do taste like chicken
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barnowlgurl23 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh those poor birdies
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:icontrampire:
Trampire Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Nature's a bitch.
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Bristolianharpie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student Filmographer
Indeed she is
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:iconlkxxki:
lKxxki Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You can eat them...
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:iconbristolianharpie:
Bristolianharpie Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Filmographer
I guess.





I knew it was only a matter of time before the 'interesting' replies started appearing
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:iconlkxxki:
lKxxki Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, its not a joke :o

I already eat birds, it looks like chicken...sometimes ^^;
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:iconbristolianharpie:
Bristolianharpie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student Filmographer
Never said it was




But I don't really want to eat blackbirds
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TurkEvulture Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Get out of here, kid.
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:iconlkxxki:
lKxxki Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, Dad.
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DoctorV23 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
And remember, birds crash into windows because they don't see them. Some tape - probably something decorative that wouldn't look bad, would be good prevention for the future.
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AllieORiley Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
That is not all the times true. Birds crashing into windows is rare and is akin to how many airliners crash each year. Birds are pretty good at avoiding things like branches, cars, signs, and cats. I think the two had their minds elsewhere, if you catch my drift. How do you know what sex they are besides their plumage? Males are much more colorful of course.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Birds crash into windows all the time, it is by no means rare.
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AllieORiley Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Maybe as a whole in the world, but I have only had it happen once in all my 47 years and that was a big patio sliding door. But even my daughter walked into that one because it looked like it was open.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Literally hundreds of thousands of birds are cleaned off porches, sidewalks, and lawns because they hit structures.

Sometimes it's because of wind, illness, weather, or at night they can't see but get startled and leave their perches.

Same thing with bats.
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AllieORiley Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
I have never heard of that or seen a dead bat. They fly by echo location and even a piece of glass will send back an echo.
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
You have a lot to experience then.
It happens all the time. Especially on windy nights.

Echo location is not a magical thing that prevents accidents.
Not all materials react the same way and that doesn't even account for multiple objects of varying distances.


"Echolocation is the same as active sonar, using sounds made by the animal itself. Ranging is done by measuring the time delay between the animal's own sound emission and any echoes that return from the environment. The relative intensity of sound received at each ear as well as the time delay between arrival at the two ears provide information about the horizontal angle (azimuth) from which the reflected sound waves arrive"
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DoctorV23 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
My cat would say that catching birds is also not rare. he'd be right.:eyes:
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Your cat is a mass murderer.
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:icondoctorv23:
DoctorV23 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
I told him to stop. He said he would try.
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
I think you're being played.
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DoctorV23 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Actually the birds tend to fly into his mouth, in which case he really has no choice in the matter.
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Mercury-Crowe Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
For the male, keep him in a dark quiet place for a few days. Have food and water where he can reach it. After the first 24 hours or so try to get him into a larger box or animal cage (even a pet carrier) so you can see him move around. When he starts flying around and making noise he's probably ready to leave.

For the female, I generally just bury small dead animals in the garden. It's good for the plants.
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rooklinqs Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! I just wanted to respond to some of these messages, since I came round her house to take a look at them, and I've taken the male to a vet, and bagged up and disposed of the female in a bin. I made checks to see if she was dead firstly.

Im not so sure what to feed him though, I was wondering about getting some meal worms though I am unsure whether you can feed them to blackbirds.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
You should have stuffed the female in someone's mail box:P

Worms, sunflower seeds, breading, diced apple....
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rooklinqs Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unfortunately we dont have mail box's round here. :/
And I wouldn't do that anyway
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
What? No mailboxes? :iconfrageplz:
Where do you live that no mail boxes exist? :omfg:

When I lived in Philly, a guy had a little foo foo dog that constantly shit on or near the steps to my building. I asked him to stop that and the guy lied to my face saying it wasn't his dog.
So the next time I gathered the mess up and put it in his mail box with some other stuff.
Never happened again.
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rooklinqs Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
England :/
I wish we did have some XD
I love the little red flag things on them

Oh my Gods, that's hilarious XD
Well.... that taught him
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
So where do you get your mail?
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rooklinqs Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, we have Postboxes, but they wouldn't really be big enough to fit something through conveniently enough.
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Mercury-Crowe Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Mealworms are fine if they will eat them. I know technically they will, but I've never tried. It sure won't hurt him.

They should eat just about anything. Worms, soft insects, small animals,fruit, seeds...even dog and cat food and table scraps.

It's probably best to offer a variety and see what he wants to eat. I'd give some bird seed, some fruit bits (like apple or plum), dry and wet (canned or soaked dry) dog food, and bread (which most animals, even carnivores, will eat).
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rooklinqs Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay! Thanks for the help! I will try and get some bird seed and some fruit for him to eat when I collect him.
And I have plenty of bread as well.
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Bury the female, though make sure to wash your hands.

A for the male, how does he respond? It maybe best to take him to the vets, I'm sure for wildlife you don't have to pay? Or at least call the RSPCA or something similar.
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rooklinqs Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! I just wanted to respond to some of these messages, since I came round her house to take a look at them, and I've taken the male to a vet, and bagged up and disposed of the female in an outdoor bin. I made checks to see if she was dead firstly.

Im not so sure what to feed him though when I get him back since I will be caring for him, I was wondering about getting some meal worms though I am unsure whether you can feed them to blackbirds.
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I still think you should put the bird in the ground, putting it in the bin means it wont be any food for anything, burying it will help the world a little!

Do you not have any bird feed?
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rooklinqs Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah the only problem we have of that is that the ground near us is frozen so it would be really hard to bury it properly.
I've been told to dispose of birds in the outdoor bins before, and I really do not like doing it but I have no choice really.

I shall have to go and purchase some, though I've heard they do like mealworms, so I might get a mix
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Kid-Tarakona Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Is there an animal shelter or a vet clinic that can treat wild animals in your area? Take the blackbird there as soon as possible. There's a chance he may not survive as most animals die when they're in shock, but it's worth a try. As for the dead one, you could always bury it.
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rooklinqs Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! I just wanted to respond to some of these messages, since I came round her house to take a look at them, and I've taken the male to a vet, and bagged up and disposed of the female in an outdoor bin. I made checks to see if she was dead firstly.

Im not so sure what to feed him though when I get him back since I will be caring for him, I was wondering about getting some meal worms though I am unsure whether you can feed them to blackbirds.
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Kid-Tarakona Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Well, blackbirds normally eat things like worms, bugs and seeds, so I don't see any harm in giving him mealworms, but I would have some birdseed on standby if he won't eat those.
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rooklinqs Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, I will make sure I get some birdseed!
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