If you decide to try raising a baby bird yourself, here’s what you’re in for: nestling must be fed every 14-­20 minutes from sunrise to sunset – an adult robin makes about 400 trips every day to feed its young. If the nestling is a few days old, it will take several weeks before it can be released. Adult birds teach their young where to look for food and how to avoid predators – things impossible for humans to do. You will need to provide a proper diet, clean suitable living quarters, and fresh water every day. Still, despite your best efforts, most hand-raised birds will die. This is the fate of most young birds in the natural world, where 90-95% perish before they’re old enough to breed themselves.