When Can You Touch A Baby Bird?

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It is not recommended that you ever touch a baby bird unless it is entirely necessary.  If you have found an injured bird or a baby bird with no parents around, it is best to contact a wildlife rehabilitation center or a wildlife official near you for advice. It is not true that touching a baby bird will make its mother reject it due to the human smell, most birds actually have a bad sense of smell. If the bird is uninjured you should ask yourself, "Is it really an orphan?" Nine times out of ten the answer is no.

Look for nests in nearby trees and shrubs and then observe the bird from a distance, preferably with binoculars. The majority of the time the parent(s) will return. If the parents have no returned within 2-3 hours then there may be cause for concern.

It is actually illegal in the US to possess eggs, birds, nests or feathers without a permit or licence. It is also very difficult for the inexperienced to rehabilitate or raise birds. Raising baby birds should be left to the parents whenever possible. If the parents are around, return the young birds to where you found them. Do not place them back in the nest as they will most likely be left on their own. Although it is difficult and often not successful, it is sometimes necessary to try to rehabilitate injured birds or raise young birds.

One thing you should remember is that if a baby bird does not survive, it is simply nature. Not every bird that hatches will survive. Other living things consume dead baby birds to survive and although this is hard to accept, particularly for children, we must try our best not to interfere with nature too much. The life expectancy of a small songbird born in your yard is just 10 months.
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Touching the baby bird won't harm them nor the bird's mom stop feeding them. It is a myth that if human touch the baby bird the bird's parents disown them.  You can touch them at any stage but, it is true, that they will be pretty unhappy if you take your hand near them. I do recommend that one should not touch them as this will make a stressful situation for your birds.

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Thanks for setting the story straight on this. I have gone to several birding seminars where they also say this. In fact, it's important to remember that if you have a bird house in your yard that you constantly monitor the nest, eggs, and hatchlings at least once a week. We need to make sure the facts get out there and the myth of disturbing the birds is a bad thing isn't propagated anymore.
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Yes if it is one week old you can touch it.
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A baby bird is a fragil thing and shouldnt be touched during the first 2 weeks of life if a baby bird is touched before the first 2 weeks of life the stress of you touching it may result in death because a bird is a fragil animal but a beautyful one at that.
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Well I touched a babies birds and it is still here and the mother watch out for mother. It may attack!:D
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It is not a myth a wild bird will not go back and feed it's young if the nest is disturbed or if you touch the young. However pet birds are somewhat  different, but I would leave the babies alone until they have their eyes open and are most of the way weaned if the mother is feeding them and remember they are delicate and can be bruised easily. I hand fed my baby cockatiels, but I did not handle them a lot until they had plenty of feathers so I wouldn't bruise them. As a kid I disturbed a lot of nests, knocking them down climbing in the tree and putting it back the parents never came back. I found a bird on my porch about a month ago and put it back in the nest and the parents abandoned the entire area leaving me to hand feed wild birds. They all mad it, and still come around for the bird food I throw out.
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Wild birds are very resilient of being disturbed by man. Not only that, but birds have a very poor sense of smell--it's their eyesight that's important. So, if a nest is disturbed, a wild bird is most likely not even going to know. If a baby bird falls out of a nest and is put back in by a person, the parents won't know. In fact, if a baby bird without feathers falls out, it should be returned to the nest as it can't even fly. Also, if you can't reach the nest, as close to the nest as possible. Or if the whole nest falls out of a true, putting the nest back as close as you can to where it was, and the parents will still find the nest and take care of the babies.
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I would like to corect your little fact u can touch a baby bird and the mother will feed it in the wild so please fix ur little fact thank you
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You can touch the bird right away, though as it's an animal, and a little one at that, it probably won't like being touched.
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Once the egg hatches hatches it would be best to wait about a week to mess with the bird if you must but the mother wont stop feeding the baby bird thank you for the consideration
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I always figured our parents told us that when we were young so we wouldn't mess with the nest or its eggs.
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If you touch a baby bird then if the mother comes then the mother will eat the baby bird. SO PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH A BABY BIRD

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