Hand raisng birds

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12 years 4 months ago #30247 by spoook
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For those that know me, know I have a few birds and hand raise their young.
Now and again, a wild bird gets rescued .... or dumped on me by others.[;)]

About the begining of November we found 3 hatchlings, one was dead, one very flyblown, which died shortly after, and the other one, the smallest, managed to survive the first night so it all looked good for the future.

It was naked and had a huge yellow mouth, as all nest chick have to help mum and dad find them so they get the most feed.
A thrush was my first thought, then as the colours did not dapple I changed my thoughts to a blackbird.

As you can imagine, we grew attached to the little one, trying not to humanise it so it could survive free as it should be. Even though the clean up is major, with food being flicked everywhere, is was still endearing.

Well Fuz, the blackbird, has been with us for some time, now totally capable of feeding it's self from the food supplied so we are making moves to re-introduce it to the wild. (if you can call my garden the wild [;)])

Over the past couple of weeks Fuz's plumage has changed, getting a nice sheen to it and some very pretty white spots on the chest area. [:(!]

I have now had to accept I have spent the past 2 months tending and caring for .............. a starling :(
I still wuvs him, but not as much as I used to [:I]

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12 years 4 months ago #408602 by Cinsara
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Haha that'll make it easier to cut the cord :D
I released my 2 sparrows this morning, a week earlier than I would have liked but they were in my incubator room and paniced every time I went in there. The plan was to keep them wild which worked a treat, but Ingers NHR eggs are pipping so out the sparrows had to go. Boy did they bolt out of the cage and into the oak tree, ingrates!

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12 years 4 months ago #408621 by Sue
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Spook, can you remember what I said when I saw him in November!!!!!

We have baby blackbirds and thrushes all over our garden and I had a feeling that he/she had too fine a beak, and too mottly a colour to be a blackbird!

Even googling baby starling pictures confirmed my suspicions! Ah well, they are all Gods creatures and starlings eat their share of grass grubs!

Sue
Labrador lover for yonks, breeder of pedigree Murray Grey cattle for almost as long, and passionate poultry person for more years than I care to count.

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12 years 4 months ago #408642 by Stikkibeek
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I just love starlings. I have three nest boxes in my yard and every year several lots of babies hatch and most fledge despite the cats around here. The lawn doesn't get grass grub patches of dead lawn like it used to.

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12 years 4 months ago #408685 by spoook
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Yes, Sue I remember what you said as you say and watched me feed IT [}:)]

It is still cute but ....... just a starling. [B)]

I will appreciate it being out of the bird room and having to clean up so frequently, seed is so much easier than meaty bits.

This one better eat more than it's share of grass grubs to make up for the special attention it has been getting. :p

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12 years 4 months ago #408691 by Stikkibeek
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You might have to go round the paddocks on hands and knees, "pecking" the soil to show it what to do [}:)]

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12 years 4 months ago #408712 by spoook
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Er, I think it will go hungry then [:I]

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12 years 4 months ago #409360 by Stikkibeek
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This was last season's offering. They do have a cute factor. :D

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12 years 4 months ago #409366 by stephclark
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ok.. i dont understand:(.. whats wrong with raising a starling?.. and fuzz was very cute ( in a realy ugly way )

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