Starlings, Song Thrushes & Blackbirds
Hatchling/Nestling starlings, song thrushes & blackbirds
- Keep hatchlings/nestlings warm at 32-35°C by using a lamp or heat pad.
- Use a plastic berry container as a nest. Line it with toilet or tissue paper.
- Weigh regularly.
- Fed 5% of a chick's body weight every 20-30 minutes for 12-14 hours per day.
Fledgling starlings, song thrushes & blackbirds
- Fed every 45 minutes for 12-14 hours per day.
- As soon as chicks are perching and moving around their cage offer solid food as well.
Weaning starlings, song thrushes & blackbirds
- Start weaning when fledglings are starting to self-feed.
- Their weight will continue to increase overtime. There may be little decreases overnight, but then the weight will increase during the day.
- Feedings should be slowly decreased over a period of days.
- Use a larger cage, cockatiel sized.
- When self-feeding use an aviary (or similar large enclosure) to build-up flight muscles.
Food in the wild
Starlings mainly eat invertebrates, some grains, food scraps from humans, fruit and occasionally nectar.
Blackbirds mainly feed on invertebrates and some berries.