This is what I have learnt from my experience of my hummingbird, Nancy, who I found still alive ...
(these photos are from a banding demo and from a friend who found a hummingbird in his garage)
but she was in torpor on my deck floor. I wish I knew First Aid for Birds. She died some time after I took her in and put her in a quiet warm and soft box covered with a tea towel. You can even use a hot water bottle under the box if it is cold. I was hoping that she would live but apparently when they go into torpor it is hard to get them to come out. If you see a small bird that looks dead look closely because it could be in this deep sleep called torpor which they use at night to conserve energy and get through the night. When I first looked at the hummingbird on the deck it was very dead looking, I left it for a while and I did not see the heart beat until I picked it up on a flat surface and brought it in. These are not pictures of my hummingbird they are from various photos in my archives, some from bird banding demonstrations.
(from banding demonstration)
I am not an expert and wish I knew more about birds, I guess you can google for more info on saving birds. I think the best thing to do is to get the bird to a rehab centre as fast as possible.
(some of these pictures are from a bird banding demonstration)
My hummingbird was too far gone and injured to take to a rehab or vet or wild animal hospital. But I did get help from the Wild Arc and I did learn that if you find a bird that is in better shape than she was there things that the vet hospital can do. My thanks to the Wild Arc for all their help.
They can put the bird in an oxygen tank or give it oxygen, I am not using the correct words sorry. They can even try to force feed a hummingbird. They also use a dropper and try sugar nectar.
All I could do was put drops of sugar nectar with an eye dropper on her beak to see if I could alert her but she was too far gone and had some injuries to her neck as she had perhaps been fighting another hummingbird or had ran into the side of the deck. In most cases you do not offer food or water to an injured bird you just take it to a rehab but in this case if the hummingbird woke up she would need energy right away.
(from banding demo)The nectar is only a small part of the food of the hummingbird and perhaps she did not find enough insects to get the food she needed. Also I think she was around five years old. She seemed to have fallen from the rope that she always roosted on and broke something.
(edit after writing this a friend told me that Nancy was a boy hummingbird, I did not know!)
But if you do find a little injured bird the S.P.C.A. and the Wild Arc have things that they can do to help the bird survive. Every bird matters.
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