The Sorrows of Young Werewolf (eyeteeth) wrote,
The Sorrows of Young Werewolf

Chick update

She lived through the night and is still ravenous. Those of you who know me in real life know what a sacrifice it was for me to set my alarm clock for seven in the morning and again for nine in the morning so that she wouldn't have to wait for my usual waking time (eleven) to have breakfast. I have moved her away from my desk so she doesn't spend all day looking at me and get the idea that hanging out with humans is normal. No word from the wildlife center so at a minimum she'll be spending another day with me. In practice it'll almost certainly be longer than that, as I have a book due on Wednesday and can't take the time tomorrow to schlep her anyplace.

She shows little interest in water, but this is normal. You have to be careful giving water to a chick, as they can easily aspirate it and get pneumonia or drown. You can't use an eyedropper for that reason. So how do you get a baby bird to drink? You shove its beak into a container of water and say, "Drink. Drink, stupid. It's water. Drink it." Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. Either way is OK because you're feeding them nice moist I Can't Believe It's Not Earthworms and they can get the water they need from that.

She is pretty quiet except when I play YouTube videos of sparrows chirping. She chirps back at them. It's pretty hilarious.
Tags: animals, urban wildlife
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