Fwd: rearing baby magpie

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Subject: Fwd: rearing baby magpie
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Wed, 07 Dec 2005 21:35:05 +1100
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.

Failing worms and grubs which are what the parents would feed it I'd try
meat trimmings (sorry puss-cat) from a toothpick. As a nestling it won't
be drinking as such, but the meat can be dipped in water - it's probably
much drier than what the parents would bring. And they would probably
stuff it full every time it opened its beak.

Brian Fleming
Whose son once came into the kitchen claiming to have trained a mother
magpie to beg for food - he was under the car and it pecked him on the
leg. Who had been trained?
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