Falling flicker

by ashly
(MN)

One day a friend of ours was cutting down trees in his back yard. Little did he know one of the trees had a nest of Northern Flickers. Down the tree fell along with the nest, the mother and three babies died. However one was left alive and healthy (from what we could tell.) Are friend gave us the baby and it was hard to figure out how to care for it so far......

We have him in a small box along side a stuffted animal (for comfort.)
Feeding him a wet mixture of crickets,cat food, and worms. Using a syringe for the more mushy side of the mix and a tweezers for the bigger chuncks.
The baby is happy and like to make a lot of noise.
Any one have any other advice for us.?

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Jul 27, 2014
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Keep It Hydrated NEW
by: Anonymous

Keep it hydrated, possibly mix in some Pedialite with it's water in a dropper or food. Locate and call your closest Aviary, Zoo or Wildlife Rescue Center and get it to them if they'll accept it for the little guys best chance of survival. Also tell them to make sure it's butt is clean and it doesn't bind up. More details on this can be found if you read about the care of newly hatched chicken chicks.

Jul 26, 2014
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by: Brook

Hi, congrats on your flicker still being alive you must be a miracle worker. The best thing you can do for the survival of the bird is to turn it over to Audubon or a Wildlife care center who can prepare it to survive in the wild. The adult Flicker's natural diet is ants but they like suet also, especially juveniles need protein, protein, protein and water. Please don't try to raise the little bird yourself, give it the best chance of survival and turn it over.

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