Fwd: rearing baby magpie

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Subject: Fwd: rearing baby magpie
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2005 13:45:51 +1100

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From: "Mara Kreismanis" <>
Date: 7 December 2005 1:36:30 PM
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Subject: rearing baby magpie


This morning at around 10.45am I came across a baby murray magpie.
It doesn’t have tail feathers and is still growing other feathers and I THINK may be around 9cms long (not sure). Where I found it live many cats and a few of them were watching it. When I picked it up, a pair of adult murray’s squacked a bit then flew off. I had tog hold on to the bird as the cats were around, and don’t have the time to wait there to see if parents return. I work most of the day but my mother is home mostly. We haver given it some rearing bird mixture mixed with water to form a paste and used a syringe to give this to it. After one forced attempt, the bird was opening its mouth every time it saw the syringe and was easy to feed it. We are not sure about 2 things-

how much and how often to feed it?
how much water needs to be given to it?

It would be great if you could let me know how I can help the bird. We have tried contacting numbers given to us by a vet but only get
answering machines. Vets just say to bring it down there and
they’ll kill it. We love animals and previously reared a turtle
dove pigeon on this food mixture, the bird became a family pet and
even played with the cat and dog.

Thank you,

Mara Kreismanis


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