Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Feb 22, 2014
About 18 months ago, while taking our daughter to the park to ride her bike we found a baby magpie that appeared to either have fallen or been kicked out of it's nest. It was mostly bald and looked to be in a pretty bad way. My daughter insisted that we bring it home so we did and we have been looking after it ever since. Of course she decided that it would be named Maggie.
I believe that it is illegal to keep magpies as pets here in Australia so it is our intention to try to release Maggie when she is healthy and fit enough.
We've been feeding Maggie bread soaked in milk with a little bit of mince from the pet store. Apparently they need quite a lot of calcium or their legs wont grow strong enough. We got some calcium powder and sprinkle a bit on her food.
At first we kept her in a cage, more for her own protection than anything but she improved steadily, getting stronger week by week. We now let her out of the cage, inside the house to exercise and she seems quite intelligent and inquisitive. I've read that magpies are quite good mimics although Maggie isn't talking just yet.
We've taken her to the vet and he assures us that she has no broken bones and is relatively healthy so we have recently started keeping her cage outside. Eventually our plan is to just leave the cage door open and let her decide if she's ready to leave. I've read about people taking this approach with great success and some even having the magpie return to visit.