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Raising Poopsie
Basic Info:

Last summer I decided to take an active saving mode on the birds that fall out of their nests at work. In the past, I have taken the "naturalist" approach and left them alone. They always die!

Damn it! I, as a human, am just as much a part of nature as those defenseless birds. I decided to save them this year and alter some evolutionary tracks!

Released the first one after about a month at my workplace. Then I got 2 more shortly after that from the same parents but new clutch. Raised them up for about the same time and released them in my back yard.

Below you will find Webcam Pics of Poopsie.

More Indepth Info:

On June 1 two baby House Sparrows dropped from their nesting above the entrance door at work. They usually die from this process, however, this time they were alive and a bit older then others in the past.

I have, in the past, tried all kinds of things to help them survive. Including, pushing them back in the nest (not easy 40' up). They always drop back out again and die. I have tried putting them in a quiet place hoping they would find their way, but they always die.

This time, since they looked almost ready to fly anyway, I decided to take them home in a box and care for them. They fought with eachother so I separated them figuring they must be from different nests.

Another Problem? What do they eat... Studying the food the parents brought to their sibblings, I noticed lots of moths and other bugs. They didn't supply any for me to use though.

Trying to figure out where to get bugs in quantity, I arrived on the thought that bugs are mostly: meat protien, calcium, and various vitamins. Thinking, hmmmm that's it! DOGFOOD!! Opened up a can of Mighty Dog "Lamb and rice dinner," I put some on a wooden coffee stirrer and the rest was history. This works great for them. I would put a bit of dog food on a coffee stirrer and hold it in front of them lightly tapping their beaks. One was very eager to eat and would always respond. The other was reluctant and mainly tried to get away from the stick. The next day that one died. But the eager one ate on. While at work, I placed the open box out in the open in shade and the parents would occasionally come down and inspect it and feed the baby, but eventually stopped doing that.

I continued feeding the bird and raised it in the box for 2 weeks. I eventually let it out of the box and trained it to fly and hunt for the food by holding it away from her. She became a good flyer and when the last nestmate was gone from the nest my fiance and I released the bird at work. At first it didn't want to leave the box but we tipped it on it's side and it hopped out and flew up to a stack of pallets.

She hung around for about 15 min then flew up to the rafters under the roof. Later she flew across the parking lot to a batch of trees. I thought she was gone but later I found her hopping around in the parking lot. I continued to feed her as the day went on and then coaxed her back into her box and returned home. The next day, released her again. She continued to hang around flying over to me when I called to feed her. Yesterday, when I went to leave, she was nowhere to be found even though she was there 1/2 hour earlier. I looked for about an hour but did not find her. The next day I looked again and did not find her, I hope she is well and found somewhere to be safe for the rainy rotton night we had. I am worried about her but happy she is on her own.

We named her tigger at first, but since she pooped all the time, we renamed her: Sir Poopsalot, but when the feathers indicated a female changed her name to: Lady Poopsie, you can here 4 chirps from her I caught while taping her:

Want to hear her chirp?: 4 Chirps from Poopsie
A couple weeks later a new pair fell from their nest. Sarah's mother named the second pair: Cheepers and Peep. Because one of them chirped all the time and the other one hardly chirped at all.

This pair I converted over to seed before releasing. They still show up in the back yard from time to time. Check out the second pair: Cheepers & Peep's Page

Current Info:
After these bunch of early birds, I wound up raising about 15 more over the next couple years. I wound up developing a system where I would do a bit of behavior modification on them by whistling to them a specific pattern each time I would feed them.

They learned to recognize the whistle and would fly to me even after I released them and land on my shoulder.

I had one that stayed longer than any others for about 3 months after I found him. We would take walks in the neighborhood and visit with other people as we walked around. She was so cute. She finally flew away one day but would return when I called her.

Coming Soon:

  • Pictures of: Flopper (The cute one, she found one of our fish tanks one day) Until I get the other pics online you can visit those from our tank picture page here:
    A.S.A.P. Picture Page
  • Pictures of: Cheepers & Peep
  • Pictures of: My Hummingbirds (about 20 I feed during the summer)
  • Birding links etc.
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