This morning, we found a crow with a very badly broken wing in our neighbour's yard. He must've hit or been hit by something. The other crows were harassing him a bit. He can't move the broken wing at all.
We wrapped him in an old t-shirt and brought him inside. We called every vet within an hour and a half's drive- none are open weekends. My mother is *not* willing to spend 'much' (I wouldn't know her limit) on him, and I personally (being fifteen) have very little money right now.
He's been in our bathroom since then, which is the only place he's really safe from our hunter cat and dog, as well as a friend's dog we're watching for the weekend. We've fed him bits of meat and apricot as well as some water from an eyedropper. When we brought him inside, he was listless and seemed to be dying. I figured we'd just 'make him comfortable.' Now that he's been here a few hours, however, he's been hopping around and, when left with a small plate of food, ate quite a bit.
If he survives (which I am very very hopeful for right now), we would be happy to take care of him. There's no way he's going to fly again, and it is a little tricky with the cat and dog already living here. My father says he will build a shelter. I don't know how much room he'll need, what a good long-term diet is, or really much at all. I know that a rehabilitation centre and medical care is really what he needs, but there really isn't anything like that nearby, and again, we don't have much money to spend.
When I was twelve I found a baby sparrow which I 'raised' on hamburger and eventually released [one day I had him outside, some other sparrows were flying nearby and he jumped out of my hand and joined them, which was amazing. I don't know if he survived, learned to hunt, was accepted, etc, but I do know that had I left him on the ground, the cats would've gotten him very quickly.] This guy isn't going to fly away, we need a more permanent solution. Has anyone else taken care of an injured adult bird?