How to care for a swallow

How to care for a swallow

Have you found an injured swallow in the street and you don’t know what to do? The swallow It is a wild bird, it is distinguished by its pointed and elongated wings, its round head and its small legs. The best thing you can do if you find an injured swallow is to take it to the vet or call an animal shelter to take care of it and heal it. However, if you cannot contact a specialist or if you want to perform first aid, you must follow some guidelines to do it correctly. At we tell you how to care for a swallow wound.

Steps to follow:


It is not uncommon to find badly injured birds (many that cannot fly) on the terraces of our houses or on public roads. The reasons are usually several: injuries from stones or firearms, poisoning or blows against cables and / or windows. They are often malnourished and dehydrated offspring. First of all, we have to be aware that these birds are wild and will not be our pets. Once your rehabilitation is complete, you must return to their usual environment with his kind.

How to care for a swallow - Step 1


When we meet an injured swallow there can be two circumstances:

  • The swallow is very weak, does not eat or drink and does not move.
  • The swallow stops and although it is weak, it eats alone.

Faced with the first situation, we must consult immediately with the veterinarian or the protector. Sometimes, when we do not have enough means to heal, it is important to delegate the work to specialists. In the second case, with a proper diet there is a good chance that you will recover.


If your swallow is weak but eats, these guidelines will help you accommodate your new tenant at home.

  • Put it in a box no larger than four times its size (and without a lid).
  • Place the box in a quiet and warm place, without direct sun or air conditioning or heating.
  • Cover the box with a cloth, so we avoid stress.
  • Avoid touching the swallow, so you can prevent involuntary fractures or, much worse, that if it is a baby, it is imprinted. That is, that they recognize you as a member of their species and that makes it difficult for them to integrate back into their environment.
  • Do not put cloth or rags inside the box, as it could fracture the wings or legs.


Now comes the time to observe the:

  • See if its wing or tail feathers are missing or clipped.
  • Look for bruises or wounds.
  • Try to get him to drink water with small doses of glucose -water with glucolin or honey- (with a syringe). Above all, do not put his head back, he could choke.
  • Touch its keel (chest) to see if it is malnourished. If so, you will easily notice the bones.
How to care for a swallow - Step 4


If you present wounds or bruises, the thing is complicated. A broken and badly healed wing can cause our swallow to never fly again. If you have superficial wounds, you can disinfect them with betadine. However, if the wound is more serious, it is advisable to immobilize the wing with a bandage and go to the vet.


To feed him and evaluate his evolution, it would be advisable weigh the swallow. And we will give you your food in portions of 10% of its weight. The shots depend on the age of the swallow. If it is a baby, you should feed it every 3-4 hours and if it is already an adult, every 6-7 hours is enough. In the following articles you can see more details about How to feed a baby swallow.

The ideal foods for the young are cereal mixes for babies, chopped hard boiled eggs, balanced for chicks or whole wheat bread. We can chop food or make a porridge with water. Adding a vitamin complex to the diet (under medical prescription) will help our swallow. In the case of an adult swallow, together with the balanced for chicks and vitamins, we can give it insects.

How to care for a swallow - Step 6


If we have healed the swallow, the hour of its liberation arrives. Choose a place that meets the necessary conditions for its wildlife.

In any case, taking an injured animal home without knowing its origin can have its consequences, it can have infectious diseases. There are so-called zoonotic diseases that animals can infect us (especially if we are immunodeficient, elderly and children).

At we want to be careful in this regard, so we encourage you to take care of the swallow after having gone to the vet and he gives you a diagnosis and assures you that your health and that of your environment is not in danger.

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