Rescue and feeding of Noisy Miner and Indian Mynah birds

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samson11
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Thank you, ok that’s the next step then!

I’m just worried other birds might attack him, but we will keep an we out initially until he can fly. 

We found him on the road outside our house so hopefully his family reunite with him at some stage down the track

mjoy66
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Samson11 yes it is a factor to consider ... but if u release were u found him hopefully his family genes will allow him to rejoin th flock. I found with BB (a Noisy I released recently) was fine... an intial talking too from th head honcho ... then they were all fine... I saw him 4-5 times afterwards an th first time he flew to me, then on next meetings he seemed to distance himself.... he came close an talked but that was it....can u put him (safely in a cage) somewhere he can watch wild birds?? even other species??

samson11
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Yes will do that for sure. Had him outside for a bit this morning and a group of other miners were interested in him, we might wait until he’s flying and see how he goes with them

thanks!

samson11
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I have another question now... he isn’t chirping very much at all today.. He moves his mouth but it’s a very faint cheep. Sometimes no cheep. Is that a sign of a problem or is it normal given he is being regularly fed? His behaviour otherwise is quite active and spritely. 

thanks 

samson11
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He was chirping this afternoon. Just very quiet this evening 

Woko
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I suggest that chirrping is to let the parent(s) know where it is so that it can be fed. As you imply, since it's artificially & reliably fed it may not need to chirrp so loudly. You could try reducing the food to see whether its chirrping gets louder.

samson11
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Yes thank you woko I hope you’re right. No signs of other trouble so hopefully I’m overthinking!

Woko
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Perhaps your anxiety means you've become attached to this critter. It's easy to do but I do hope you'll feel OK when it returns to the "wild".

samson11
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Definitely fond of him! But want what’s best for the little guy 

Woko
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Good for you, samson. We often let our emotions get in the way of doing what's helpful for wildlife. It's useful to acknowledge our feelings because we can then put them to one side & act in the interests of the wildlife.

samson11
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Thanks for the help, great news! His family has happily accepted him back into the

clan.. started feeding him insects almost immediately and aren’t bothered by us at all. He’s still in our backywRd but getting better at flying .. so I think he’ll be fine 

Woko
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Good work, samson.

samson11
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Hi again,

its been about 6 weeks since we found the noisy miner fledgling. He is still around, spends less and less time with us, but at dusk, still doesn’t seem to have confidence to go with his family. Usually sleeps alone in a tree or on a power line. Any ideas how we can encourage him to go with the rest? During the day he seems to do his own thing, with other birds stopping by to feed him.

But the reason I’m posting is because he has lost a few tail feathers recently. I found them in our driveway, they are in tact. Is this a normal part of growing and molting? I would guess he is 3 months old now. He can still fly but seems a little off balance. 

mjoy66
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At his age he must have had his tail feathers pulled out ... he will grow them back an he will adjust an fly ok until they do grow back .. you have done a wonderful job raising him an in time hopefully he will rejoin the  flock... a great sign that they still feed him so as he gets older i reckon he will gain the confidence to intergrate with them .... fantastic job ... your a legend for helping our wildlife ... Thank you....

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