I found a seagull with a broken wing and took him to the vet's. The wing was badly mangled and had to be amputated (which I decided to pay for, rather than have the bird killed). After the op (yesterday), the vet gave the bird back to me.
I now have a pet seagull, like it or not. He's my responsibility and I fully intend to look after him.
He's brown in color, so apparently he's still a baby. I've got him in a cardboard box in my bedroom at the moment but I'm going to make him a wire run in the back garden today - I have a big garden with a pond in which he can swim and I have a very large rabbit hutch in which I can keep him at night.
Does anyone have experience with captive seagulls? Do they ever become tame? At the moment, he cowers down and eyes me with malice whenever I go near him and tries to bite me (I think he's still a bit dopey from the op - he's been very quiet and sleeping a lot). I figure that his food needs will be pretty simple and he'll be easy to keep clean (hose down his run every day). How long to seagulls live anyway?

I'd appreciate advice from any seagull owners who might be reading...

Thanks.
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Hi Katie,
It sounds like you are a very dedicated pet owner. They are actually just called gulls, not sea gulls.
They don't make the best pets, but it could be a challenge. They have rather weak legs, so swimming in the pool, is a good thing. Also being on natural earth, or sand is preferable. You can just rake it. They are very messy, though, and prefer a seafood diet, and dog food.
Good luck.
Regards
The local animal shelter (www.caspca.org) here has kept a seagull for over
15 years. It too was injured and could not be released. I don't see anymention of him on their website but you could give them a call or email them to find out more. HTH
I found a seagull with a broken wing and took him to the vet's. The wing was badly mangled and ... now have a pet seagull, like it or not. He's my responsibility and I fully intend to look after him.

Bless your good heart. Gulls will eat almost anything, but that doesn't mean it's good for them. I suspect that they need grit like other birds with access to land. You deserve a gull joke. I hope it's new.

A young man inherited a beach house and a generous fortune from an aunt. A condition of the inheritance was that he live in the house and care for the porpoises she kept in what had been the indoor swimming pool. She claimed (posthumously) that they would live forever if fed a regular diet of seagulls. It became the young man's task to collect them from the beach.
One morning, as he returned to the house with his catch, his way was blocked by a lion apparently asleep on his doorstep. As he watched for a while from a safe distance, the lion opened one eye and closed it again without showing any inclination to move. Our hero decided to risk stepping over the lion; it was important to maintain his charges' routine. He was immediately arrested and charged with transporting gulls across a staid lion for immortal porpoises.
Ouch!
Jerry

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I found a seagull with a broken wing and took ... my responsibility and I fully intend to look after him.

Any idea what kind of gull it is?
While gulls are opportunistic and will eat just about anything, that doesn't mean they'll get the needed nutrients for optimal health.

Herring gulls eat fish, fish offal, crustaceans, molluscs and worms, small birds and eggs, and small mammals. I believe gulls regurgitate pellets of indigestible stuff. Please don't assume they need grit. Do some research, ask some experts. If you have no one locally to call for information you would probably have luck emailing a source you can find online.

I worked briefly with gulls in rehab and they give a nasty bite! Be careful and good luck.
Any idea what kind of gull it is?

He's brown and about the size of a chicken, with black eyes and a black beak. He's only a baby, apparently, so I guess I might be able to get him pretty tame with a bit of effort.
While gulls are opportunistic and will eat just about anything, that doesn't mean they'll get the needed nutrients for optimal ... find online. I worked briefly with gulls in rehab and they give a nasty bite! Be careful and good luck.

Thanks for the advice. I'll make sure he eats well... Emotion: smile
Hi Katie, It sounds like you are a very dedicated pet owner. They are actually just called gulls, not sea ... You can just rake it. They are very messy, though, and prefer a seafood diet, and dog food. Good luck.

Hahaha! I've been feeding him steak and bacon so far... Emotion: smile
You should take the bird to a wildlife rehabber.
Here's a link to find one in your area.
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~devo0028/contact.htm
It needs special care, and I would be concerned that the bird will eventually be easy prey to a number of different types of animals in your back garden. Larger and safer facilities are available from a wildlfie rehabber.
Dave
There are gulls from coast to coast. It would be important to determine what his natural food requirements are (unlikely bacon) to do a good job.

You may want to disclose where he was found to help those who are knowledgeable in wild bird feeding to help you plan his diet.

A local wild bird asylum may be very helpful to you with information about diet and other habitat needs before you get too far along in the design and building of such.
Good luck in this commitment.

Sincerely,
Joanne
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