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First, put the baby back into the nest. The parents will not reject it. This is an old wivestale. If the nest and parents are gone you will need to contact an animal refuge. It is illegal to have any wild animal in captivity. If you live in an area where there isn't a refuge (as I do) you can choose to care for the young yourself. The following is a guide for care that has never failed. I have never lost a baby swallow. Here is a recipe for the perfect baby barn swallow food. 1 Cup hard dogfood (softened with water): make sure it has 27% protein and 13 % fat 1/4 Cup applesauce 1 Tums (for calcium) Mix all together. Make sure the mixture isn't too wet as the baby may asperate the liquid and get pneumonia and die. The mixture should be the consistency of wet dogfood. Use a coffee stir stick or something similar to scoop up a small amount of the mixture and hold it over the baby. Tap the side of the container lightly or toudh the tip of the beak and the baby should respond with an open beak. Feed the baby 2 or 3 small balls of the food. The baby will need to eat every 20-30 minutes 24 hours a day. After the baby has gotten its first feathers, you can feed 20-30 minutes for the first 12-14 hours and then let it be. It will sleep through the night and be ready to eat again early the next morning. I begin feeding at 7 a.m. and end at 9 p.m. The inside of the baby's beak should be shiny and wet. If it is not, the baby is dehydrated. If the baby is dehydrated you can take a small eye dropper and put a small drop of Gatoraid or distilled water in the corner of his beak. It will drink the water on its own. Never force the baby to drink. Make sure not to get the liquid in the nose holes or the liquid will get into its lungs. NOTE: Never feed worms as they can kill the babies. When the mother feeds the baby, she swallows the worm and the acid in her stomach kills anything that would harm the baby swallow. If mom doesn't do this, the worm could be toxic to the young.

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no it is not legal to shoot a barn swallow they are protected

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