Savannah, Georgia

Craig & Nancy McEwan

Craig & Nancy McEwan

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Savannah, Georgia

8108 Abercorn Street, Ste 210
Savannah, GA 31406

Phone: (912) 961-3455
Fax: (912) 961-3122
Email: Send Message

Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

We are located between Home Goods and Party City, at the corner of White Bluff & Abercorn, in the Abercorn Common Shopping Center.

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Found a Baby Bird? What Do You Do?

First, assess the situation. Make sure the baby bird truly needs help; if it is featherless, with very little down, or cannot fly, then it needs help. If fully feathered and hopping around on the ground, it is likely a fledgling that is being cared for by its parents. Fledglings quite often spend a few days learning to fly and stay in low shrubs and near ground level. This is okay as the parents are feeding them. Keep your pets indoors for a few days until the fledglings are flying well.

Is the baby injured? If so, you will need to seek the help of a trained rehabilitator or veterinarian. Is the baby cold? If so, warm it in your hands until you figure out what to do. Can you find the parents or the nest? Whenever possible, place the baby back into the nest.  Don't worry that the parents will abandon the babies - that is an old myth. If the nest has fallen or been destroyed, do your best to recreate a new one and put it as close to the original location as possible. Watch quietly from a hidden location for an hour to see if the parents come back. 

If you have determined that the baby is truly orphaned, place it in a nest bowl lined with towels or tissues. This can be an empty Cool Whip or margarine container. Keep the nestling warm and quiet and do not handle unnecessarily. A heating pad on low works well or a warm water bottle. Place the nest bowl in a box with ventilation. A temporary diet of canned cat food mixed with a little applesauce and boiled egg yolk can be offered. Use the tip of your finger, tweezers, or a small paint brush to provide the food. Small amounts of water can be brushed on the beak with a child's watercolor paint brush. Do not give water with an eyedropper as this can get directly into the lungs and cause serious problems. 

Call a wildlife rehabilitator for placement of the orphan since each species does need specialized care. Orphaned Bird Care is always in need of donations and support as they provide specialized care and medicines for over 400 babies a year. Please ask how you can help. Donation checks are also welcome and needed - please make checks payable to Ogeechee Audubon and note on the memo line for Orphaned Bird Care.

Please visit Orphaned Bird Care for more education, instructions, and contact information for rehabilitation in the Savannah area.