Thursday, 3 April 2014
The second Steller's chick is now well, healthy, back with parents and feeding well. It was a good call to remove it as it had muck in its eyes and could not see well, that is all cleared up now and we hope for two nicely balanced full grown Steller's in about four months. The young Griffon Vulture is now huge!!! Its doing well and the parents are very attentive, it is just about standing and can easily be seen from outside the aviary. The 1st Verreaux's Eagle chick is growing well and being cared for beautifully by mum and dad, the 2nd chick has just gone to a friend's place to be reared by their female Golden Eagle, and it too is doing well. The African Fish Eagles have two eggs, well now they have two dummy eggs and their eggs are in the incubator, one looks good the other one is difficult to tell, but I guess the male did finally get it right. They have reared a Tawny Eagle chick before so their baby or babies will be going back with them. I am really hoping they are successful as I am looking forward to flying one if they are.
The Turkey Vultures are on eggs, and have been seen mating so fingers crossed, the Hooded Vultures have laid again, their first egg was fertile but did not hatch, we are hopeful for this one. We had to split up the Palmnut Vulture as they were fighting - again. The Lanners have all laid and even the Barbary Falcon has laid as have both pairs of Sakers, so we wait to see what is fertile in that lot. The luggers laid five eggs, but sadly all five were clear, however it was their first time and much later than expected. Even the Brahminy Kites have laid, although we do not expect them to be fertile. So all in all plenty is happening on the breeding front.
We have a special opening of the new Hospital room on Saturday, I hope the weather is OK, as it could be a good day. It is the start of the school holidays as well.
We don't know if Shasta is in pup yet, I am going to have her tested, I have enough vet bills right now and it won't change anything anyway! Either she is or she isn't and if she is that will be a lovely time to have puppies.
Sedge is well in himself, he had swimming on Monday and Wednesday, a friend came over and tried some electrical impulses on him to see if we could get a muscle reaction. The machine was not working properly but his left leg did react. He had laser treatment today and swimming tomorrow!!  If you google Orthpets and click on KerDog, you will see a video of a young French Bulldog that was in the same state as Sedge, the KerDog helped him and we are going to try one on Sedge, it should arrive next week. Stone me we are throwing the book at him. His diarrhoea is a little better, and I had to put cream on his little willie because it stays out a lot of the time, the only thing I had was my highly expensive face cream - battling the seven signs of aging!!! It worked a treat, so he will have a very young looking willie. I have moved him onto E45 now!!
Its the school holidays on Friday, so here is hoping for huge attendance, and great weather up to and over Easter.



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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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