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Found baby bird in fireplace.

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He’s not a fledgling yet, but can walk and climb pretty well. I have a fireplace insert with a little 3x8” or so hole and some flu closer contraption that sticks into the chimney. Momma probably can’t retrieve the baby and put back in nest. I’m thinking he’s abandoned at this point. What y’all think?
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Well now that he has been next to a human mom pretty much did abandon him. Start feeding it or find someone to take care of it.
 

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Ive ascertained that young General Sherman is a chimney swift. For now he’s got a box to stay in and we’re feeding him baby bird gunk from the pet store. Hopefully we can keep him alive for the next week or so till he’s ready to move out. Maybe we can get him to nest in a bird house till it’s time to migrate.

need to seal the chimney too.
 

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Just saw this, How did General Sherman make out? I “rescued” a baby sparrow from a fallen nest that got lawn mowed when I worked at a cemetery. The bird sanctuary people helped me get some goop to feed him with a syringe and set up a small aquarium I had lying around. He was the only one who survived the encounter with the lawn mower but sadly only made it a couple days.
 

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He didn’t make it past the next morning. I came up to feed him breakfast and he was loud and active as usual but didn’t eat. Then he was dead an hour later. There was nearly no info on how to make food for these guys. I made some goop out of dog food that he didn’t go for. Picked up some powder mix from the pet store. He got two meals out of that but that was it. I think I just didn’t have the food he needed. I offered to feed him about every hour and he just wasn’t having it.

In hind sight, the best bet would probably be to go up to the roof and stick him on the inside wall of the chimney and hope mom takes him back.
 

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He didn’t make it past the next morning. I came up to feed him breakfast and he was loud and active as usual but didn’t eat. Then he was dead an hour later. There was nearly no info on how to make food for these guys. I made some goop out of dog food that he didn’t go for. Picked up some powder mix from the pet store. He got two meals out of that but that was it. I think I just didn’t have the food he needed. I offered to feed him about every hour and he just wasn’t having it.

In hind sight, the best bet would probably be to go up to the roof and stick him on the inside wall of the chimney and hope mom takes him back.
Bummer. Oh well, at least you gave it a shot.
 

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Baby birds pretty much need one or both parents to survive. There may be some experts that can keep them alive. Just feeding them usually doesn't work.

The best chance for survival is to get them back to the nest or where a parent parent can find them. I found a baby bird that was not able to fully fly yet in my yard. Fortunately, I knew where the nest was and put it back in there with its siblings. The human contact abandonment thing is a old wives-tell. It survived just fine and would sometimes come around to visit me at a short distance when I was outside. At least I think it was the same bird.
 

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