Most birds are federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This makes it illegal to possess wild birds without a permit from U S Fish and
Wildlife, even if you plan on releasing them back to the wild.
Each bird has specific nutritional requirements and needs to be raised on the appropriate diet. People will sometimes try to raise songbirds
on baby cockatiel food purchsed at the pet store. These birds suffer greatly as it is formulated for a seed eating birds. They die a slow death as their nutritional needs are not met, even though they may appear healthy for the first week. Birds of Prey are sometimes kept illegally and raised on hamburger. As this is not complete nutrition, these bird suffer a painful death of metabolic bone disease. Please do not raise wildlife yourself.