Here's why you should never try to rehab an injured or orphaned wild bird without a license.

Our mission at For The Birds of Acadiana is the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned wild songbirds and to educate the public on the proper ways of doing so.

*Please note that it is illegal to rehab wild birds without a state and federal license/permit.

It is VERY IMPORTANT to get these birds to a skilled, permitted rehabber.


Here’s why:

DIET: If the bird is not fed the proper diet - including the necessary micronutrients - the bird will not thrive or be capable of survival in the wild. The diets found on google are most ALWAYS INCORRECT AND INCOMPLETE. Sure, they may work temporarily for some birds but they are NOT ENOUGH for long term, proper nutrition. Incorrect and incomplete diets lead to a litany of diseases and ailments including, Metabolic Bone Disease, Rickets and Immune Disorders which makes the bird susceptible to Parasites, Trichomoniasis and Coccidia just to name a few.


THE INGREDIENTS IN SOAKED DOG AND CAT FOOD CAN BE HARMFUL TO CERTAIN TYPES OF BIRDS.

NOT ALL BIRDS EAT WORMS. NOT ALL BIRDS EAT SEEDS. NOT ALL BIRDS EAT FRUIT.

PARROT FEEDING FORMULAS DO NOT PROVIDE ADEQUATE NUTRITION AND THE INGREDIENTS CAN BE HARMFUL TO CERTAIN TYPES OF BIRDS. *THERE IS A GOOD REASON WHY THE LABEL CLEARLY STATES THAT IT IS NOT INTENDED FOR USE ON WILD BIRDS.

PROPER IDENTIFICATION: If you are unable to properly identify the type of bird, DO NOT FEED IT ANYTHING until you have consulted with a licensed rehabber. We take in birds daily that finders are certain is one type of bird when in fact it turns out to be something totally different. Identifying a bird is not always easy - even to a seasoned rehabber!

NEVER GIVE A BABY BIRD WATER as doing so could lead to aspiration and eventual death.

CAT SALIVA IS LETHAL TO BIRDS and death will occur if the bird is not properly medicated within 24-48 hours.

WE ARE ALWAYS HAPPY TO HELP AND EDUCATE. This our passion and we do it all For the Birds of Acadiana. Please feel free to share this information. ~ Julie Rabalais Founder / Director 337-501-4523 https://www.facebook.com/forthebirdsofacadiana/

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