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S. August Abbott, CAS
S. August Abbott, CAS, Certified Avian Specialist
Category: Bird
Satisfied Customers: 11156
Experience:  Work w/Avian Vet; published bird care nutrition& behavior articles; consults, research
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We have found a bird of prey hurt in our garden we think its

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we have found a bird of prey hurt in our garden we think its a sparrow hawk is there anywhere we can take bird
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the bird of prey's name and age?
Customer: we think a sparrow hawk not ours in our garden
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the bird of prey?
Customer: we think it broken its wing it cant fly
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  S. August Abbott, CAS replied 2 years ago.

Where are you located?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Tadley nr Basingstoke
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
no thank you
Expert:  S. August Abbott, CAS replied 2 years ago.

If you're getting notices for a phone call, please ignore them. They are site generated and not from me

Please be patient while I compose your response and in the meantime:

Here is a feeding guideline from CA State University at Bakersfield

This is a temporary guideline and feeding regimen until you can either get professional formula for your bird or find a rehabilitator. This formula will not sustain your bird long-term.

Here are some options for raptors/meat eaters:


-- A vet-Rx’d dog food, canned

-- Puppy kibble food, soaked in plain water ‘til soft

-- Boiled chicken without skin or any spices added

-- Jar of human baby food plain beef (or lamb if found)

-- Hard boiled egg (yolk)

-- Mealworms (preferably from reputable pet supply store or your own if absolutely known to be free from exposure to any insecticides or other chemicals)


-- Human baby cereal (ie: high protein rice or oat)

-- Wheat germ

-- Corn meal (or oat meal) very fine. Use a blender if necessary


SEED EATER BIRDS - 1 part MEAT to 4 parts GRAIN


You cannot even begin to consider doing this foster care without a veterinarian monitoring your care

Even the most experienced professional caregivers work with veterinarians during the rehab.

I'll be back with your other options shortly

Expert:  S. August Abbott, CAS replied 2 years ago.

Here is one most ideal option

If it doesn't work for you, calling ANY vet in your immediate area and asking them for options should result in success for this bird (lucky to have YOU) and yourself of course.

Expert:  S. August Abbott, CAS replied 2 years ago.

How are you and this rescued bird doing?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The bird died we could not help it
Expert:  S. August Abbott, CAS replied 2 years ago.

Oh dear, I'm truly sorry to hear this. In my profession owning a bird sanctuary I'm afraid I see this too often. What I tell myself to help me feel better is that at least the bird passed in comfort and safety, without fear. If you didn't rescue this beautiful 'dinosaur' - it would have been a living meal for opportunist animals and while I acknowledge this is just nature's way, I don't apologize at all for preventing it from happening. Just like you did.

That bird knew what most wild birds don't: Humans are not always the enemy. Humans can be caring, gentle and their hero. That's what you need to take away from this, ok?

You did the right thing - you deserve credit for that.