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From: Allan (
Subject:         Re: Baby Robin-NEED HELP FAST!
Date: July 14, 2009 at 1:54 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Baby Robin-NEED HELP FAST! posted by Shelley-Ann on June 6, 2009 at 3:14 pm:

Hey, good luck with the brood!

I adopted a robin of my own on the 9th. It had plenty of concerned adults feeding it, but was too young to survive outside the nest in our neighborhood with all the cats that run about. It (Lucky) has been thriving inside with us the last five days, and confusing our cats who are struggling with the word "mine!". They are finally getting the gist and leaving it alone apart from the ocassional sniff.

I raised a set of four back when I was twelve (lost one to a wasp sting) and the runt of the litter (named Runt) stayed with me all summer. I could call it from the trees with my special "twirt". It would ride on my shoulder as I rolled over logs and rocks and then jump down and suck up all the crickets/sow-cows/millipedes that would appear.

Runt also blessed our family with a nest on our window sill each of the next three summers. I could open the window when her young were little and set out a bowl of her favorite food and watch her run back and forth dumping the bowl down the throats of her young.

We started with those four in a wire mesh cage outside for the first few days. The first two days we learned from the adults that still came to try to care from them that the chicken/beef liver we were trying to feed them was just fine. Leave a bowl of it out, and they would dump it for us feeding the young. Also, from the droppings, it was clear they were being fed mulberries from the nearby tree, so I added those to their diet as well.

Runt lived most of her life on chicken liver and mulberries until we started turning over rocks for her to hunt her own bugs. I tried to get her to eat beef liver also, but unless I was dead center in my aim, she would manage to spit it out. She preferred chicken liver.

This Lucky I'm raising now is totally different. Refuses to eat a mulberry and does not like chicken liver. (S)he, however, is a fiend for beef liver and loves bits of soft peach. Go figure. I'll be starting to feed small bugs the next few days if the humidity drops so I can bring myself to go hunt for her(him).

Good luck again with yours.

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