if a bird stops chirping, what does that mean?

Philippines
March 20, 2009 6:17am CST
i am taking care of 4 little hatchlings which we found on the ground, probably pushed off the nest by their parent sparrows. the first time i saw them, they were chirping nonstop. even while asleep, they would make little chirping noises as they were breathing. i fed them according to the schedule and recipe i found on the net, guided by their hunger, of course. the three look healthy, but i think one is dying because of gapeworms. i'm wondering why they've stopped chirping. is this something i should be worrid about? i play them sparrow songs (the website recommended it so that they will learn those songs as they are growing up without parents to teach them). so i don't know what's wrong. it's hard to be a momma bird when you're not a bird at all. :(
5 responses
• United States
20 Mar 09
I think you're doing fine. My family has taken care of a lot of birds (babies and injured adults)...and they don't have to make noise 24/7. If you're keeping them fed and warm...then they should be okay. Unless they are sick in some way...have you had a chance to get them to a vet at all, to see if they have a disease or sickness?
• United States
20 Mar 09
Sorry I have something else to mention I just thought about...what are you feeding them right now? Something my family always fed them that is good for them is softened, mashed up cat food. You soak it in water for a bit, and when it is soft enough you make it into a whipped mush, should be almost creamy--if not completely creamy. Good luck!
• Philippines
20 Mar 09
thanks, lily. i haven't brought them to the vet yet... i get discouraged by how i always read that "house sparrows are pests" or "veterinarians discourage breeding house sparrows." :( perhaps tomorrows, i will bring them to a vet. i have to ask around for a good one, just to be sure. meanwhile, i'm keeping them warm and well-fed. thankfully, the philippines is a warm country. we all sweat like guilty criminals even at night because it's so hot here! and that's a good thing for these birds... they don't run the risk of hypothermia. as for food, i am feeding them dog food softened by a little water, with gerber (apple-blueberry), and calcium 325 mg. i got the recipe on the net. they seem to love it and they look quite happy (except for the one bird who looks like he's gonna die tonight...) they sleep and eat and seep and eat. they don't chirp in between anymore. is it kinda like with babies, that babies cry only if they need something (or if they're gravely ill)? is it the same with birds? coz if it is, then hopefully my 3 birds aren't chirping because they're content and spoiled by me. ^_^ the 3 don't look ill at all. but just to be sure that they don't have gapeworms like their dying sibling, i'm giving them mebendazole (dosage computed by weight). that should do till i get them to a god vet... but i would really love to hear them chirp, at least once today... lol ^_^
• United States
21 Mar 09
Well you aren't exactly breedin the birds, you rescued them--so a vet won't look down on you whatever their opinion. And there are some vets (at least where I live) that specialize in birds--so hopely you can find them. That defeniatly sounds like a good recipe you found...that food will hopely help them grow up healthy and strong. I hope the sickly little one pulls through, with all you're doing for them it wouldn't surprise me. Good job, good luck and keep on trucking! :p lol
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Hey sandra! I think that is so wonderful of you to try to be a mama to these poor little sparrows! I don't know anything about the little babies! I don't think that them stopping chirping is a good sign though. Why would the parents throw them out of the nest? Was it jealousy? Or did they think that they were sick? How horrible. I hope that they start chirping again. I really wish that I could help you, but I know nothing about the care of new born birds. At least you were able to go by what you found on the internet. Please keep us posted and I will pray that these little angels get well!
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
21 Mar 09
Hi sandra! I'm sorry to hear about the three, but very glad to hear that the one is still hanging on! Must be a strong little guy! You did the best you could! Thanks for the update! Will keep my fingers crossed!
• Philippines
22 Mar 09
thanks, opal. it's always nice to hear from animal lovers and from people who care enough to hear about them... ^_^ i say if the world learned to love animals more, there'd be less violence worldwide...
@Darkwing (21591)
24 Mar 09
Yes, I would imagine it's very difficult, but they may stop chirping during sleep as they get older, I guess. I don't really know enough about hatchlings. I guess you would feed them on bugs and maybe water, but there may be certain properties in the mother's make-up which gives them vitamins of some sort, essential to keep them strong and growing well. I just can't help with this one, I'm afraid. These are just my thoughts. Brightest Blessings.
10 Mar 11
Hello...i was searching desperately for someone with the same case as me...and you are the closest one I've got. Please i need help ; _ ; i found a new born baby bird last week, he was doing great until a couple of days (specially today) he stopped chirping..i mean when you see him it looks like he is crying and he tries to cry but there is not sound at all coming from him...i have to admit i have grown pretty attached to the little one and im really scared he might die or has something serious. Vets here dont really care about birds...for some reason they only check dogs and cats. i know i shouldnt probably put my problem on this post, but please help me ; _ ; (PS: he hasnt even open his eyes yet but has developed first stage of feathers..the little pikes all over his body, i think they are called like that)
19 May 14
I put my little sparrow in front of a heater, he loves it. Maybe you could try the same just in case she was cold?
@SIMPLYD (42933)
• Philippines
10 Mar 11
Of course it's hard to understand them why they keep on chirping . You are not like them that's why. But maybe they do miss their mother, so they keep on chirping. Or maybe they do know that one of them is already seriously ill and dying. Or maybe they are hungry? those are the 3 most plausible explanation i have thought of so far.