A Setup for a Special Sparrow

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Lots of you guys know about Milly, the female sparrow my dad found in a gas station parking lot.
There were trucks there for construction, he said even though he knew I didn’t want any more birds, he couldn’t leave her to get crushed.
She was probably 2-3 months old as she had a baby beak.
She’s non releasable, as she’s missing the flight feathers on her left wing.”, she can jump though!
In the beginning she had to be fed almost hourly, it was pretty taxing but we managed!
As of now she’s been with me for 8 months at the end of March.
As far as living accommodations, she has a short cage, most of her perches are low and her food is in bowls on the paper.
But, she is not the first special needs bird I’ve had, I regret the first as I was not educated enough, I’ll share her story later.
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You can see the difference in the left and right wing here.
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Milly's set-up is fantastic! Thank you for sharing the pictures from different angles, that's so helpful to anyone needing to do the same for their bird.
Your Dad is amazing to have saved her, he knew you were going to change her life:)

Milly is a lucky girl:)
 
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Milly's set-up is fantastic! Thank you for sharing the pictures from different angles, that's so helpful to anyone needing to do the same for their bird.
Your Dad is amazing to have saved her, he knew you were going to change her life:)

Milly is a lucky girl:)
A part of me felt like, oh no not another bird! But her needs have fallen into my daily routine easily. I’m happy he saved her too 😁
 

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I have a huge soft spot in my heart for special needs birds as majority of the Amazons that come to live with us and take-over our home had become special needs prior to their arrival and our goal with each is the same; provide them the knowledge that they are loved and wanted! Thank you for providing Millie that comfort!!
 
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I have a huge soft spot in my heart for special needs birds as majority of the Amazons that come to live with us and take-over our home had become special needs prior to their arrival and our goal with each is the same; provide them the knowledge that they are loved and wanted! Thank you for providing Millie that comfort!!
I’ve followed your threads before, what you do is amazing!!! 😍
 

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Lots of you guys know about Milly, the female sparrow my dad found in a gas station parking lot.
There were trucks there for construction, he said even though he knew I didn’t want any more birds, he couldn’t leave her to get crushed.
She was probably 2-3 months old as she had a baby beak.
She’s non releasable, as she’s missing the flight feathers on her left wing.”, she can jump though!
In the beginning she had to be fed almost hourly, it was pretty taxing but we managed!
As of now she’s been with me for 8 months at the end of March.
As far as living accommodations, she has a short cage, most of her perches are low and her food is in bowls on the paper.
But, she is not the first special needs bird I’ve had, I regret the first as I was not educated enough, I’ll share her story later.
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Does Milly play with toys? I didn't think finches and canaries did. English Sparrows are more like finches than parrots.
 
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Does Milly play with toys? I didn't think finches and canaries did. English Sparrows are more like finches than parrots.
She does! She really likes shredding finger traps and sola chips.
Enjoys tearing paper too, she also like pulling on the toys kinda of aggressively lol 🤭

Edit! She also loves taking apart little vine balls too
 

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She does! She really likes shredding finger traps and sola chips.
Enjoys tearing paper too, she also like pulling on the toys kinda of aggressively lol 🤭

Edit! She also loves taking apart little vine balls too
Its so nice that you rescued her from a near certain death. I work part-time at Lowe's and they have a lot of resident English Sparrows both inside and outside. Last summer I found one sitting on the floor stunned, probably from flying into the glass. She almost got stepped on so I picked her up and placed her on the soil under a potted shrub outside way in the back where I knew she'd have plenty of time to rest and recover. The next morning she was gone so I assume she flew away. If I find an injured one that needs more than time to recover I'll take it home like you did. What's one more little bird, right?
 
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Its so nice that you rescued her from a near certain death. I work part-time at Lowe's and they have a lot of resident English Sparrows both inside and outside. Last summer I found one sitting on the floor stunned, probably from flying into the glass. She almost got stepped on so I picked her up and placed her on the soil under a potted shrub outside way in the back where I knew she'd have plenty of time to rest and recover. The next morning she was gone so I assume she flew away. If I find an injured one that needs more than time to recover I'll take it home like you did. What's one more little bird, right?
Right! Lol, though I assume most wild birds you find will be releasable.
Good thing you saved her and put her somewhere safe!
 

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Right! Lol, though I assume most wild birds you find will be releasable.
Good thing you saved her and put her somewhere safe!
I'd only keep an English Sparrow or a Starling because they are not protected native birds. Any others I'd take to a wildlife rehabilitator. They won't take non-natives and its illegal to keep native birds.
 
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I'd only keep an English Sparrow or a Starling because they are not protected native birds. Any others I'd take to a wildlife rehabilitator. They won't take non-natives and its illegal to keep native birds.
Well I tried to take her to a rehab BUT we called a game warden and there aren’t any within 4 hours of us!
He said just don’t tell the whole world you have a sparrow 🤭
 

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Well I tried to take her to a rehab BUT we called a game warden and there aren’t any within 4 hours of us!
He said just don’t tell the whole world you have a sparrow 🤭

I thinK he meant, those who are in Maine, as the world part you have already kind of just did. But, you're in New Mexico, right? :love:
 

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I thinK he meant, those who are in Maine, as the world part you have already kind of just did. But, you're in New Mexico, right? :love:
I just know that the migratory bird act protects native north american species in Canada and the US. Technically you can legally use English Sparrows and Starlings as target practice in the US. In the 1800s the British brought these birds to Central Park to make Europeans feel at home. Unfortunately these aggressive birds wiped out the native Bluebirds in the area and they spread rapidly to the entire US. Bluebirds are now recovering but English Sparrows compete with our Bluebirds for nest boxes and will murder the female and nestling Bluebirds by pecking them to death and build their own nests on top of the decaying bodies.
 

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I just know that the migratory bird act protects native north american species in Canada and the US. Technically you can legally use English Sparrows and Starlings as target practice in the US. In the 1800s the British brought these birds to Central Park to make Europeans feel at home. Unfortunately these aggressive birds wiped out the native Bluebirds in the area and they spread rapidly to the entire US. Bluebirds are now recovering but English Sparrows compete with our Bluebirds for nest boxes and will murder the female and nestling Bluebirds by pecking them to death and build their own nests on top of the decaying bodies.
Some rehabs won't take sparrows, and I think it's awesome that zERo was there to save Milly.
 

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Some rehabs won't take sparrows, and I think it's awesome that zERo was there to save Milly.
They will take native sparrows (Song Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, White Crowned Sparrows, etc.) if they have room and resources but not English Sparrows aka House Sparrows, which are not closely related to our New World Sparrows.
 
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I thinK he meant, those who are in Maine, as the world part you have already kind of just did. But, you're in New Mexico, right? :love:
He didn’t say I couldn’t tell this forum specifically! 🤭
I’m in Texas actually. The closest bird rehab is an hour away and they only do raptors/owls/water fowl etc.
 
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zERo, I'd love to see more pics of Sweet Milly!
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I’m quite curious about her wing, white feathers attempt to grow but either fall out or she knocks them out, she’s pretty rough on her tail too.
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