How to care for a baby sparrow

The sparrow is a small bird native to Euroasia and North Africa. Currently distributed throughout the world, this brown bird with black and reddish tones is no more than 16cm in length and can be easily bred following a few simple steps. If you ask or have doubts about how to care for a baby sparrow, keep reading this article, we will tell you all the information.

Steps to follow:


It is important to make sure that the sparrow is in good health .

If we have found it on the ground, we have to check that it is not close to its nest. Sparrows protect their young and accompany them during their growth. Also if you see that it is out of its nest and the sparrow has not yet developed the feathers, it may have fallen by a blow of wind. In these cases, it is always advisable to return the baby sparrow to its nest. If we can not reintroduce it, we can take it to take care of it.


In order to take care of a baby sparrow, at the beginning, we will need a nest or a box to shelter it. Another option is to use a cage that we advise to keep it always open. Sparrow breeding will associate her to a safe place and she will have it as her home. If this is always kept with food and drink, the sparrow will flutter around the house and return to its cage to be safe and warm.


To make it comfortable, we will prepare a bed / nest for your stay. This can be cotton, soft cloth, some old sock, or feathers, making sure there is no insect between the material. We must ensure that the young are warm because they need a lot of heat. This bed should be kept clean every day.


The cage must be placed in a ventilated place, where the indirect light of the sun comes, it is not recommended that the sparrow be exposed to direct sunlight for a long time. However, it is also not advisable to completely avoid its reception, as the baby sparrow needs sunlight to color its wings.


If we have collected the sparrow breeding from the street we should think that it may be dehydrated after spending several hours outside the nest. In their natural environment, their parents would give small drops of water directly from their beak. In our case, it is advisable to give a little water from our mouth. Once you notice the freshness of it, the sparrow will drink from it. If we do not dare, we can use a small syringe, without a needle, or a drop by drop so that it drinks little by little.

It is very important not to give milk to the sparrows, since they do not tolerate it and could die for it. The calcium contribution is received from their diet (crushed insects, cuttlefish bone or sterilized eggshell).


Sparrow pups are fed in the first weeks with a syringe without a needle. This one approaches the beak and the young will eat the porridge that we deliver. They eat with a frequency of 2 to 3 hours. If we detect that they have an empty crop, we can also feed them.

We can make your food in an easy way. We prepare a porridge and introduce it into the syringe. The porridge will be given to let the liquid out so that the sparrow eat it alone, without introducing it in the mouth.


To start we can make these three porridges, it is very easy:

  • We can soak half a cracker maria with water, until the biscuit is made porridge.
  • We can soften ground dog feed soaked with water to create a paste. This porridge is very complete.
  • We can buy breeding paste. This is sold in birdhouses. They are made from eggs and prepared by soaking them with water to create the porridge.


When we feed them, we must be careful not to stain them with the porridge or paste, since this can dry and end up being a problem when sticking in their feathers. On the other hand, we must also observe that the nostrils of the beak are not obstructed, since it could trigger a bigger problem.


As it grows, the sparrow will feed on its own and we can use a container to peck directly.


If you want the sparrow to be in the best conditions, the ideal is to provide a pair of trays. One with water and one with fine sand. In this way the sparrow will give its baths of sand and water to be dewormed.


Remember that in case of any doubt, it is advisable that you go to a specialist or veterinarian to help you.

  • While they are young, the temperature should be checked from time to time (between 40º and 43º is a correct temperature).
  • Keep them clean and hot.