Help please - What to do with a very young swallow/swift

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Help please - What to do with a very young swallow/swift

Post by Myriam on Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:55 pm

Just found a very young swallow/swift in my grange. It cannot stand on its little legs and is about 5 cms. long.

I've put it in a box with a tea towel, a saucer of water and a saucer of bread mixed up with water. I presume it is normally fed with insects and maybe worms, but it has not opened its little beak so even if I find some live food it will be difficult to feed the little bird.

What should I do to try to keep it alive? Is there any way I could feed it?

If it were a kitten I would know what to do, but I have no experience in saving young birds whatsoever. Any advice welcome.
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Re: Help please - What to do with a very young swallow/swift

Post by Inkflo on Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:30 am

Hi Myriam
this may help. http://britishwildlifehelpline.com/swift_rearing.html
Can you see the nest up in the eaves? If you can get it back there, the mother should come back.
Good luck, let us know how it goes.

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Re: Help please - What to do with a very young swallow/swift

Post by Myriam on Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:15 pm

Hi Inkflow and thank you very much for the link, vey useful, especially the video. The swift has survived the night and I have just fed it with worms and water with the help of a girlfriend.

Will keep you informed how things go. If there is a nest in the eves it is too high up (8 meters), so that is no option. Will keep feeding it if I can.
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Post by Inkflo on Sun Jul 13, 2014 11:39 am

Myriam wrote:Hi Inkflow and thank you very much for the link, vey useful, especially the video. The swift has survived the night and I have just fed it with worms and water with the help of a girlfriend.

Will keep you informed how things go. If there is a nest in the eves it is too high up (8 meters), so that is no option. Will keep feeding it if I can.

Sounds promising if it's eating Myriam. Good luck, I hope you can rear it.

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Re: Help please - What to do with a very young swallow/swift

Post by Myriam on Sun Jul 13, 2014 12:06 pm

Our little swift was too small and weak and has not survived its second night with us Sad. Still, we did our best and the next time I will know what to do...
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