Hi, yesterday afternoon I noticed a crow in my garden, I assume its a baby although its fairly large. It was on the ground, trying to flap its wings but it couldn't seem to get onto its legs. it kept flapping around the garden, not getting off the ground while the other crows up on the trees kept cawing at it. We left it there keeping a watch on it once in a while, but it seems to have stayed in the garden all night.
We tried holding it and if we release it it tries to fly but lands up on the ground and can't get off it again. It moves on the ground by pushing with its wings, not using its legs, but dragging them along. Is there anything we can do about it? Can this be normal for baby crows?
I'm so sorry to hear this. I see this happen now and then at the center where I work. People bring in an otherwise healthy young crow. But the bird has developmental problems with the legs. Sometimes they're bowed in or splayed out. And sometimes the bird has fledged from the nest (usually crows nest very high in the trees) and the legs break when they land.
The bird will not survive without some help. And if the legs are deformed, it will never be able to survive on its own. Please check in your area for a wildlife rehab center. Or check with your local fish and wildlife office. They have a list of licensed rehabbers in the area.
Your name is unique so I'm not sure where you live. If you're in another country, I don't know how they handle wildlife problems. I hope you can find someone soon. The parent crows will help for awhile but they also know when to give up and will leave the young one alone to die.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.