To Revive A Dying Bird

This morning I was in the living room getting ready to leave for worship when I heard a dull thud on the bedroom window directly above. I glanced up to the window in the living room just in time to see a tiny bird fall down and onto the hammock outside.
Both my husband and I went outside to try to save the little creature. It was completely stunned. Its eyes were half open and it wasn't even fluttering a wing.

My husband picked it up in a dishcloth and I pressed on its little chest in quick succession to try to resuscitate the little thing. Nothing happened, but then I remembered something my uncle did with a newly hatched chicken when I was a little girl.


We raised chickens for eggs and meat when we could afford it. Each chicken was extremely valuable to us because we were very poor. I was only about 6 and had stepped on one of the chicks by accident. My uncle quickly took the stunned chicken, put it under a bowl, and drummed on the bowl for all he was worth. Looking back, I'm guess the drumming was the perfect imitation of a chick's heart beat, and this may be the reason for what happened next.

When my uncle removed the bowl, the tiny chick stumbled to its feet, shook its little furry head and walked away. I was amazed, naturally. This morning I tried to imitate this sequence of action, so quickly got a bowl and drummed over the little bird. Sadly, it was too late.

It was only as I driving away (late for worship) that I realised my uncle drummed for maybe 4 minutes. My drumming was much shorter. I couldn't help thinking that maybe if I'd done more I could've helped that bird. I don't know why the memory of how long my uncle drummed didn't hit me while I was doing it. I still feel a pang of guilt.

Is there any way to revive a dying bird who's flown into a window? Have you ever been able to save one of these tiny creatures? How did you do it?

4 comments:

♥~Judy~♥ July 4, 2011 at 3:23 AM  

Poor Anne, the bird is in a better place. How were you to know how long he did it? It was so long ago and how do you know it would have worked this time? Don't punish yourself. The amazingly sweet thing is you tried.

God bless.

Icy BC July 4, 2011 at 12:00 PM  

It could be that the bird reached its time, Anne! You tried, and it counts..

I didn't have this experience yet, and I wouldn't know what to do!

Anne Lyken-Garner July 4, 2011 at 1:15 PM  

Thanks, guys. You made me feel better about it.:-)

Self Sagacity July 22, 2011 at 5:54 AM  

I am not sure if there is anything more you could have done. It just depends on how hard the bird hit your window.
I had an experience once where I watched two helpless baby birds fell from the nest they made in my apple tree. They practiced to fly all afternoon but couldn't make it. I felt bad for them but didn't want to disturb nature...you know what I mean? Eventually, they were able to fly away, but standing by watching wasn't easy.

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