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This is going to be harsh - but Don't feed it.  Humanely euthanize it - it is a starling: they are Not native to North America and they compete with our native birds for nest sites (woodpeckers, flickers, particularly bluebirds among others).  I've been fighting with a pair over a nest cavity for more than 1 month - so far they are winning.  They kicked a pair of red-bellied woodpeckers out from the hole the woodpeckers excavated.  When a N. flicker tried to use the hole, the starlings kicked the flicker's butt too!  Personally, I'd much rather have woodpeckers and flickers than starlings.  You can euthanize it humanely by putting it in a plastic bag and hold the bag up to your car exhaust and fill the bag with exhaust (carbon monoxide poisoning).  Only takes a few seconds - very quick.  Preferably with a cold engine so the exhaust is not so hot. 

Please don't ban me for suggesting this. 

Chica

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Rehabber says they aren't legally allowed to take starlings - and neither is anyone else- because they're an invasive species! (As if one injured individual, or even hundreds, would make any difference in the billions of starlings that are already here).

 

Anyone want to raise a fledgling starling? Ugh. 

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4 minutes ago, chica said:

You can euthanize it humanely by putting it in a plastic bag and hold the bag up to your car exhaust and fill the bag with exhaust (carbon monoxide poisoning).

I don't believe this is a human way to kill something. Vehicle exhaust is hot, caustic, smelly, and the amount of carbon monoxide varies tremendously. If you must euthanize something, have a vet or shelter do it, or place it in a bag of helium, which you can buy from party stores. 

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1 hour ago, Dragonflyspit said:

Rehabber says they aren't legally allowed to take starlings - and neither is anyone else- because they're an invasive species! (As if one injured individual, or even hundreds, would make any difference in the billions of starlings that are already here).

 

That's interesting.  I didn't expect it.

I don't know the legal situation for someone raising it, considering that the Migratory Bird Act doesn't apply to it.  But my advice would be to put it on a lawn where it can find food, preferably one that's low in pesticides and such, and let nature (or a battle between two introduced species) take its course.  Others may differ.

 

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2 minutes ago, Jerry Friedman said:

That's interesting.  I didn't expect it.

I don't know the legal situation for someone raising it, considering that the Migratory Bird Act doesn't apply to it.  But my advice would be to put it on a lawn where it can find food, preferably one that's low in pesticides and such, and let nature (or a battle between two introduced species) take its course.  Others may differ.

 

They aren’t a protected species here, so technically it’s not a problem to raise them. I know of someone who has. https://youtube.com/user/Rainbowkittenism

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