Thursday, 6 March 2014
Well I started my birthday early today, but it was a good start. To add to the worry with Sedge, our female Spectacled Owl did not look well about four days ago, as it is always difficult to judge if they are ill or in egg lethargy at this time of the year we checked her over, but left her until the next day. By the end of the day there was no improvement so we phoned Great Western Exotics, Holly spoke to Tom who is very good and eventually after reassessing her we decided that pancake day or not, we should take her over there. Holly and Adam offered to go, they got back at 2.00am!!
The Spectacled Owl had an egg that was malpositioned and it was not coming out, however Tom managed to extract it (in bits) without operating and she was OK. Well sort of OK. She has been on antibiotics, fluids and metacam, she looked reasonably OK by lunchtime, but after her second treatment of fluids she went backwards and seemed very stressed. We decided to leave the third lot until later in the evening and Adam Holly and I gave her more meds and fluids, I have to say I was surprised she was still alive at that point. However this morning at 5.45, she was still with us and managed the fluids and meds better, let us hope she makes it. Adam had to leave early so it was a good time to get her done, Holly returned to her bed in her flat and I fed the dogs, had some breakfast and took them for a walk round the field.
The top part of the wood has been cleared, we had a lot of the scrub trees in the hedge come down, so we have pollarded the hedge and at a later date we will lay it like the one at the lower half of the wood. It looks very clear and the view is better, the remaining trees will do better and we want to plant a whole load of wildflowers in there.  So I put some more brashings on the fire which was still alight and came to start work.
I am taking Sorrel to have a blood test to see if she is ready to mate as we hope to have puppies from her, this will be the fourth attempt. Shasta got married officially on Wednesday! Then later today I think Sedge is coming home. He still had no deep pain sensation yesterday, but as it is just a question of waiting now (I hate waiting!) if the urinary catheter has come out and we can manage to help him pee he can come home. So a kennel has to be got ready this morning and a bed, I have bought him a memory foam bed, I hope he likes it. I suspect it will almost be tougher having him here, but if he is happier that is fine.
The weather is set to improve! Hooray, that will cheer up the birds too. Actually they have all been flying really well despite the weather. My Hobby was excellent yesterday and Kalyke the day before was also very good, bodes well for the better weather. Hare will come out soon and some more of the kites, so the demonstrations are really coming on again.



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An interesting video on Lead

An interesting video on Lead

I find it staggering that people who want to hunt don't see the value in changing their ammunition from lead to a safer product. We have stopped using lead in petrol, in paint, in our water pipes, but they still want to use lead - ah well, apparently eating it not only kills birds but leads to reduced intelligence in humans......................

NO ONE is asking you to stop legal and genuine hunting, they are just asking you to change your ammunition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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