I'm trying to be a veggie Helen a gradual process, animal welfare is my reason. Yes, annoying about the cost of postage of Mealies to Ireland? Hope all is well with your eggs! Awfully wet day here. poor birds they look like drowned rats!
Was all excited and about to post my good news but then I read Paul’s tragic news.....I was so upset....Paul you’re doing a fantastic job, you’re a real ‘Birdman’ very few would do what you’re doing....
Matt just love the home office and wild life garden....pond definitely on my list for next year.
‘Lovely Lucy’ and ’Marvelous Mark” are greet parents, although Mark not great with the ‘Poo’ yet as seen in Video.......
No sadly, for some reason I have always had one unhatched egg but 2 is unusual, considering she hardly ever left the nest during incubation.
Meanwhile Marvelous Mark has got the hang of the poo sacs she stood back and let him have the honor so he’d no choice
Slightly concerned that there are no caterpillars or mini mealies from my ‘Scott feeder’ being offered to the chicks, they seem to be feeding them suet from suet balls, I know a lot of people take these away during this time, but I’ll hold off till tomorrow and search pet shops for larger mealies. I think they actually feed the chicks regurgitated suet so it has some liquid in it. They have done this other years without obvious harm, but I’d prefer real live food
Helen, glad things are going ok, but my blue tits have also avoided all the minis, haven’t touched them at all, & my female is also feeding the babies suet and sunflower hearts! I have never taken away any food, I think the parents plus other local birds still need the various choices of food
Chicks a week old today, one has just disappeared, no idea what happened, 6 healthy chicks one day and 5 next day.
The remaining 5 all look healthy and the same size.
I took away the suet feeders Elle 2 days ago and they started taking the mealies.
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While they were being fed broken pieces of suet, the parents had to prize their poo sacs from their rear ends some of the time, but now with only live food it just oozes out easily like toothpaste. So definitely a hydration issue with suet and sunflower diets when they’re very young.
Hope all 5 are still with you this morning Helen?. Yes sounds like a problem somewhere with the poo sacs however at least you know they are being fed. My middle 3 chicks passed in similar way dehydration issues I think so your deaths could be related same. I think that is the most likely are they bringing in plenty Caterpillars as they've waned here?
Hi Helen, so sorry about the two chicks lost. You would think the parents would know about the chicks needing moisture but I guess they are like some human parents and have to learn on the job. I think the moisture problem probably accounts for a lot of chick deaths. As Elle says, other birds should be allowed choices but many are also feeding chicks at this time of year so I guess the predominant food must be live to sustain them. If only we could label them ‘for chicks’ and ‘for older birds’! Sue
Hi Helen Sad news about your two chicks. Seems probably a food/ hydration issue as others have said. Maybe these very heavy rain showers have mare of an effect than we think. Such fine margins for these little chicks. Hope the others thrive.
Dust if you must but wouldn't it be better To watch the birds ...........
I’ve now managed to source mealworms in large amounts, but they are ridiculously expensive, somebody is making a fortune here. But they’re worth it .
Shame I couldn’t have forwarded mine to you Helen, I had loads of Mealworms and a brand new order of waxworms - fortunately the sparrows, blackbirds and robins are loving them. However, glad you have managed to get some and I hope your birds are appreciative of your brilliant efforts. Sue