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Found an adult bird.

Crow injured. What should I do?

Valleriani
post 24.Jun.2015, 09:03 AM
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I've found an adult bird, looks to be a crow. (black with a white v shape on its back neck.) He was at my house driveway and didn't really want to move. I left him alone at first because maybe he had just ran into something and needed to get his bearings but when I looked back there was a larger bird pecking at it and the crow was upside down because he has no energy it seems. I shoo'd it off and brought him inside with a larger box so he can't be attacked. He looks to have some small wounds and feather loss on his head. (Which is a bit damn upsetting because I'm not sure if that was from before or after since I didn't get close to start.)

I've been calling around but no one can give me a proper answer. Alot of them refer me to 0704693211 but I've tried calling there and they don't speak english, so I can't get through to them about it. I've called several animal centers now and such as well which direct me somewhere else. It's a bit frustrating since I don't know 100% what I can do for the little guy now.

Right now he's in a box, no food or water (I hear that's a bad idea if they are sick), and hes actually resting now.

I live in the Kristinehamn area, so Karlstad etc is an option.
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Zakalwe
post 24.Jun.2015, 09:59 AM
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Joined: 13.Mar.2015

Tricky. We found a duckling lost at sea once, kept and fed it for a few days, and were eventually able to reunite it with a new duck family (this won't work with most birds, but it was a very social type of duck species which is known to "adopt"). Anyway, from this I remember how hard it is to get any decent help and information on such things.

Technically one is not allowed to keep wild animals for more than 24 hours. The only people allowed to take care of such animals are those specially certified for this particular type of animal, and they can be hard to find - they tend to be volunteers who do this as their hobby at home, so they don't exactly have 24/7 emergency hotlines, and they may live far away. I also noticed that the contact information found here and there on the web is often not up to date.

In our case it took a few days until we finally got a reply from a caretaker, so that 24 hour rule can be hard to meet in practice. But she did not seem too concerned about that, as long as we were just taking care of the bird temporarily and not keeping it as a pet.

As I know now it is actually recommended to contact the police when you have found an injured bird or mammal. They are supposed to help you find a place for the animal, or, well, kill it if it needs to be done.

Killing is unfortunately a frequent recommendation you will find when checking Swedish forums, but depending on the injury I suppose it may be the most merciful thing to do. The only "approved" method is a quick hard strike against the head that kills instantly.
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intrepidfox
post 24.Jun.2015, 04:25 PM
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Location: Gothenburg
Joined: 18.Jul.2012

I looked at this thread this morning and found it interesting.

An hour ago a baby sparrow landed on our balcony after being chased by a jackjaw. The poor little thing has trouble to fly and is calling out the whole time. Any ideas
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Rick Methven
post 24.Jun.2015, 04:51 PM
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Location: Linköping
Joined: 30.Nov.2005

Give the sparrow some wholemeal bread soaked in warm water. To the OP wring the crows neck they are a pest that should be shot on sight.
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Rick Methven
post 24.Jun.2015, 04:52 PM
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Location: Linköping
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Give the sparrow some wholemeal bread soaked in warm water. To the OP wring the crows neck they are a pest that should be shot on sight.
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DuneSunny2
post 24.Jun.2015, 07:40 PM
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If it is a female crow - do not take her as "Sambo" - the law is very pro-feminist in this "Gender equal" Sweden.
If a male crow - take him to the new rape centre.
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intrepidfox
post 25.Jun.2015, 04:37 PM
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Location: Gothenburg
Joined: 18.Jul.2012

Update.

It had a bit of food, then flew away.
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Gamla Hälsingebock
post 29.Jul.2015, 09:33 PM
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Did it thank you for lunch???
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