Print this page Share

Hand-Rearing Birds

Laurie J. Gage (Editor), Rebecca S. Duerr (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-8138-0666-2
456 pages
October 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
Hand-Rearing Birds (0813806666) cover image


Hand-Rearing Birds will provide the reader with a guide to the best methods of hand rearing all major species of birds. The book is broken into two sections. The first section covers standard hand raising methods and equipment, while the second provides individual chapters devoted to many major avian species. This book will be an invaluable reference for shelter veterinarians, zoo veterinarians, avian veterinarians, aviculturists, bird enthusiasts, and conservationists alike.
See More

Table of Contents

1. General Care.

2. Chick Identification.

3. Incubation of Eggs.

4. Ratites.

5. Penguins.

6. Grebes.

7. Pelicans.

8. Flamingos.

9. Shorebirds.

10. Gulls and Terns.

11. Alcids.

12. Ducks, Geese, and Swans.

13. Eagles.

14. Hawks, Falcons, Kites, Osprey, and New World Vultures.

15. Condors.

16. Herons and Egrets.

17. Domestic Poultry.

18. Wild Turkeys, Quail, Grouse, and Pheasants.

19. Cranes.

20. Pigeons and Doves.

21. Parrots.

22. Lorikeets.

23. Roadrunners.

24. Owls.

25. Goatsuckers.

26. Turacos.

27. Hummingbirds.

28. Swifts.

29. Mousebirds.

30. Hornbills, Kingfishers, Hoopoes, and Bee-eaters.

31. Woodpeckers.

32. Toucans.

33. Corvids.

34. Passerines: Hand-feeding Diets.

35. Passerines: Finches, Goldfinches, and Sparrows.

36. Passerines: American Robins, Mockingbirds, Thrashers, Waxwings, and.


37. Passerines: Swallows, Bushtits, and Wrens.

38. Passerines: Exotic Finches.

Appendix I. Important Contacts.

Appendix II. Nutritional Tables.

Appendix III. Resources for Products Mentioned

See More

Author Information

Laurie J. Gage, DVM, served as the Director of Veterinary Services for Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo, California, for twenty-three years, and then took a veterinary position at the Los Angeles Zoo where she worked with a large variety of mammals and birds. She is presently the Big Cat Specialist for the United States Department of Agriculture, and also serves as a marine mammal advisor to that agency. She edited Hand Rearing Wild and Domestic Mammals (Blackwell Publishers 2002).

Rebecca S. Duerr, DVM, received her BS in Marine Biology from San Francisco State University and her DVM from the University of California Davis, where she will complete an MPVM degree on oiled seabird care at the UCD Wildlife Health Center in 2007. Since 1988, she has served as staff at several California wildlife organizations including the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito and Wildlife Rescue, Inc. in Palo Alto. She currently works as an avian and exotic animal veterinarian in Northern California. She serves on the Board of Directors and as wildlife shelter veterinarian for the Wildlife Care Association of Sacramento. She teaches baby bird care and avian trauma and fracture management at various wildlife rehabilitation centers.

See More

The Wiley Advantage

● Covers both general hand-raising methods and species-specific information
● Chapters written by species-specific hand rearing experts
● Coverage of all major species
See More


“Wildlife rehabilitators across the nation are probably as pleased as I am to see this book now available... there are tips that may be new even to those with a lot of experience in avian hand-rearing. The depth of detail for each species is complete enough that this book could serve as a sole reference text for a rehabilitator. Any facility that sees and raises many types of birds needs to have this book. I strongly recommend this for rehabilitators and veterinarians who deal with many types of avian patients.” - Exotic DVM Magazine

“What a joy it is to have this remarkable resource at my fingertips. Time after time and bird after baby bird, you have come to my rescue. New orphan? No problem! All the pertinent information is there for the neophyte and the old pro alike. I can’t recommend Hand Rearing Birds enough.” - Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter, August 2008

See More

Related Titles

Back to Top