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What Do Baby Blue Jay Birds Eat?

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A baby Blue Jay, from the day it hatches is fed a diet of insects by their mother and father, before long the chick is eating the same food as its parents. The bird’s diet consists of mostly seeds and insects, such as acorns, beechnuts, caterpillars, grasshoppers and beetles. A curious natural phenomenon is that a Blue Jay chick will spit an ant out once it has tasted it, due to a bitter taste, a result of the ant containing formic acid. The Blue Jay will not eat the ant but will pick it back up and instinctively rub the ant all over its feathers, using it as an insecticide.

If a baby bird is found away from its nest or injured, it should be placed back on the branch of the tree in the first instance or the nearest avian rescue centre in the second. If for whatever reason you decide to take matters into your own hands and attempt to nurture the bird then the following recipe will suffice for a day or two. In a bowl blend a high-protein dry dog food, then mix with one pack of dry knox gelatin and some apple sauce and some drops of liquid vitamins (including Vitamin B3) slowly stir the mixture while adding boiling water until you get a consistency similar to cookie dough, freeze in a margine tub, then thaw.

It takes between a fortnight and 18 days for a Blue Jay to reach adult weight, and this process requires large amounts of protein. The chick should be fed every 30 minutes, there should be no worries about over feeding as the chick will stop when its had enough, until it becomes a fledgling, and then every single hour after that. As the baby Blue Jay grows, nuts, fruit, seeds and insects can be added into their diet, in particular meal worms but not earth worms.
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I am feeding mine a vitamin mixture (got it at Pet-co specifically nutritionally for baby birds with chopped up meal worms.....I smash them and the mixture together - the bird seems to be fine - he fell out of the nest and two cats were ready to get him so my husband brought him home.  He is sweet and sits on my hand - at what point do they start eating on their own.  This guy wants to fly and he sits looking up a lot -  I have him in a cage near the backyard window so he can see out.  I am just wondering at what point can eat without the syringe and what will he eat?
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As soon as they get teeth, until that happens you'll have to keep feeding the Petco Gruel mixture.

However, if you let it out so it flies away, it is presumed to be able to find something to eat on its own.
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Worms I think there mom feeds them My grandma always put bread and bird seed out and she always had blue jays in her yard they are fun to watch.
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They eat whatever they can find but no one should try to "rescue" a baby bird unless they are sure that the parents aren't taking care of it anymore. In that case, try crushed insects and worms and make sure that you find other internet sources before trusting anyone's single knowledge. Make sure that at least five people agree with a food before actually feeding it to the bird. Remember that blue jays are precious creatures, not just experimental things. Don't  keep nature from being as amazing and gorgeous as it already is struggling to be.
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They like worms
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Humans!!! =o
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I found a baby blue jay and fed it cut up worms from tweezers and water from an eye dropper

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