Do not take that chicken

This year the breeding of wild birds is very advanced . So much so that in some of the most common species a good part of the chickensof the first laying are already volante . Due to this it is very likely that this Easter, in one of our spring walks through the countryside, we stumble upon one of them running around on the ground. And many people will wonder, if that is so, what can I do to help you? The answer is very simple: nothing.

Leave him alone. Follow your road. Do not take it . Because almost certainly he is not alone or helpless: his parents are watching him. That uneasiness that shows is the fruit of your presence. No hunger, or pain, but fear. Of the terror that you provoke. That’s why the best thing you can do is to leave it and follow your path: nothing to throw the sweater to “save”, because if you catch it will be a rapture and most likely to end fatally.

The damage caused to the wild birds by this sentimental incontinence is considerable. Every year thousands of chickens caught in the field die and are confined inside a cardboard box or an old cage recovered from the storage room. The desire to help them by mistakenly understanding that they were abandoned ends up causing a terrible double upset: the first of the parents, who prove with impotence and horror how they take their son. And the second ours, falling too late in the account that it would have been better to leave it where it was.

It has been useless to wrap it in the terry towel, to place a bowl with bread crumbs with milk. Because the chicken is insectivorous, it eats only from the beak of its parents and it did not tremble of cold, but of panic. It’s true, we should not have picked it up.

Notify the experts

If it had been a chick recently fallen from the nest, still not plumed, and in the event that the ants had not fulfilled their mission in the food chain, we should have located their home to deposit it inside again. But never grab it.

In the case of finding an adult copy of a wounded bird, it is best to notify the Rural or Environmental Agents of our community through 112: they are the best nurses in the field, they know the protocol required by each species and the steps to continue to move it to a recovery center and be attended by specialists.

Call 112 . That’s the best we can do when we find a wounded animal. Very easy to memorize: 1 + 1: 2. All of us who usually go to the field are recorded on the mobile phone: a column of smoke, some shots during the closure season, an uncontrolled spill, an undue felling, or a wounded animal. The environmental agents are the wild card of help in the face of any mishap in the field.

The conservation organization SEO / Birdlife , which has been looking after the conservation of wild birds and their ecosystems for years, has joined the international Spring Alive campaign to help wild birds www.springalive.net

If you want to act in the most appropriate way when you find a chicken on the ground, follow the advice of SEO / Birdlife.

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