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..still caring for wild birds in small way, every day..

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March 2015

Whooohooo! This Saturday 14th March- Paul up at the Shed Food and Drink at Countryside​ is allowing me to go up there with a Gazebo to raise funds with me demonstrating flower arranging -I will be using my flower arranging skills to show you how to make simple designs!  Come and have a go from 11am this Saturday or maybe buy a little arrangement or even a DVD I have had made to raise funds for the injured wild birds.  I will be bringing a few birdies in travel boxes.   o’>  …tweet tweet

Simple colourfull designs yoiu can make with a few £££S worth of flowers.

Simple colourfull designs yoiu can make with a few £££S worth of flowers.

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Went to the Shed food and drink at countryside nurseries yesterday in Stourport, lovely meal and they had a Tuesday table sale/carboot on, so picked up a couple of items. They have added more tables in the restaurant but with plenty of space between and a bar now, so open for food till 9pm!

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Black silkie is Pixie and his 3 girls, white, gold, brown silkies, he loves them & they love him - so sweet!

Black silkie is Pixie and his 3 girls, white, gold, brown silkies, he loves them & they love him – so sweet!

Found a home for Pixie the black silkie cockerel and his 3 girls, the lady made a donation for the cost of his girls, thanks Sandra! She also took the 2 boy runner ducks, the poorly duck that is now bouncing with health, and 3 cockerels. All looked settled in after I had a coffee and a natter. Happy Duck Dance!

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Wanted a quiet Sunday yesterday but didnt happen, hubby poorly os I had to go shopping, then got called to catch a goose on the River at Bewdley as she is loosing feathers – never ran so much! she got away. Fetched ‘Keith’ a hand reared pigeon, making him a normal wild one, he likes the others in the flight. Then another call while im half way colouring my hair (!) Canadian Goose in Kidderminster by old swimming baths with suspected broken leg – well, it can shift and swim in a straight line so thinking it has a badly bruised leg. Its eating well. Back tonight if Graham cant catch it today! So didnt sit down till 7.30pm- shattered! peeps have no idea what bird rescue is all about.

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Its all kicking off now pigeons coming in regular.

Taken on another Pidge, no tail feathers, usually a dog has grabbed them and they ‘shed’ the tail feathers. They can still fly but usually with no direction as the ‘rudder’ has gone! Little fella has worked out in one day where the safe place is in the pidge flight. he has his own basket to go in at night incase Mr Rat about. – from the photo it looks like they have lost half their body, the tail makes up for about a third of their length.

Pigeon with lost tail.

Pigeon with lost tail.

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Our new line in fire lighters, so flippin easy to use…your duck could light a fire with these!! lol

 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-BOXES-OF-MINI-NETS-OF-FIRE-FLAKES-ORGANIC-ECO-FIRE-LIGHTERS-by-muddy-duck-/271791457217?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&var&hash=item3f480883c1

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So sweet, one of our little girls with her first and one and olny chick baby!

http://youtu.be/h6Hx4-UPSZY

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I love this music video! Ducks revenge hee hee. Loving the duck with the medallion!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_BGKyAKigs&list=RD6_BGKyAKigs

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We went to Worcester Woods Country Park out door activity day on the 1st March.  A blustery  day but had a good chat to lots of visitiors!

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My old girl Harriet

 https://www.facebook.com/1511403922406340/photos/a.1513330735546992.1073741829.1511403922406340/1607213419492056/?type=1

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Bird Man Of Bewdley – Nick Taylor and I went to Bay Tree Vets this evening and had ‘Daddy goose’ off Bewdley River who was an elderly lad, put to sleep. His legs had given up and he was giving up and in certain pain and discomfort. We tried inflammatory and antibiotics but to no avail. He had a warm comfortable 2 weeks and was so lovely, even if he did in the past get me on the bum a few times when feeding them on the river for NIck! A big thanks to Bay Tree Vets for their kind words and medical help the past few weeks.

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February 2015

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 Pigeons reviving (copy and paste into your browser)  http://youtu.be/BxSZ12iT6ec

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Baby pigeons rescued

 http://youtu.be/BxSZ12iT6ec

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 Birds need help for all sorts of reasons…

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January 2015

Been busy making 2 new pens so the girls are closer to the house. I like to see them and have put a tarpaulin over till the summer for a bit of protection from the rain and snow.

Been busy making 2 new pens so the girls are closer to the house. I like to see them and have put a tarpaulin over till the summer for a bit of protection from the rain and snow.

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Daisy and Ollie, sadly too much for their owner so with me a short while or longer if they are happy here

Daisy and Ollie, sadly too much for their owner so with me a short while or longer if they are happy here

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More pigeons, a wild female mallard and a Wood cock, last 2 died :o( too far gone to help.

Found a ferret in my shed, thought it was a rat rummaging about! Found a lovely home for it after a couple of days.

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Had another Pidge in last night, something had a munch at its wing, will never fly again as tendons too damaged, another forever home wth me. I always find it amazing how much damage pigeons can sustain and survive. Yet smaller wild birds are usually scared to death.
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Saw this on Face Book!

Best coat ever!

Best coat ever!

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A lady bringing me a Silkie Cockerel up from Berkshire- a 2 hour trip!

He will stay with me, hopefully to find him some girls and re-home him.   I have a forever home in mind but not keen on re-homing  boys on their own, its always nice to have a friend when you move!

Black silkie is Pixie and his 3 girls, white, gold, brown silkies, he loves them & they love him - so sweet!

Black silkie is Pixie and his 3 girls, white, gold, brown silkies, he loves them & they love him – so sweet!

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Starting the Farmers markets from this weekend with

http://www.shropshirehills-buylocal.co.uk/detail.cfm/id/501/type/3/company/Scrummy_Stuff

all around the Wyre Forest area of the West Midlands each weekend,

other stalls offering an assortment and new stalls always welcome,

friendly atmoaphere and a low table charge!

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Had a Magpie brought in, very light weight, you could feel his breast bone.

He ate a good tea but was dead in the morning in his cage in the house.

So sad, such inteligent birds, beautiful colours.

Then went up and found 2 of the injured pigeons dead in one of the shallow duck ponds.  Emptied that one. Feeling guilty, poor beggars, never shown any interest in it before.

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Happy New Year to one and all, may it be a peaceful one and pain free.

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December 2014

A new cockerel meets the resident goat!

https://www.facebook.com/1511403922406340/photos/a.1513330735546992.1073741829.1511403922406340/1570034436543288/?type=1&relevant_count=1

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Funny Video of an interviewer at a bird show!

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152556345179790

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November 2014

I found some video of some of the Mallard ducklings that were brought to me earlier this year, so sweet!

  click the link  to our video store-     http://youtu.be/AWhvoo-6xGk

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October 2014

We have been very busy taking in collar doves and wood pigeons, seems the birds had a late nesting season this year with that sunshine into late September.

This morning I noticed 2 white doves on the house.  Wondering in they are from some I rehomed and they have come back?!  The 2 white fantails I DID rehome have had 2 babies, so when they have grown a bit more they can return to their new home.

I have re homed 2 more cockerels and have settled in lovely in their forever home.

One of my hens has been sitting on some eggs for a while.  Didnt think they were fertile and went to take them away from her on Friday 23rd to find she had 2 chicks! Because the average day temperature is cooler now,  I have taken the chicks and eggs and put into the incubator. They will go into a ‘brooder’ = a box with heat and light that keeps the chicks warm.  The temperature is dropped by 5 degrees a week. They will remain indoors till next April as they grow slower and are inclined to be weaker than spring borne chicks.

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September 2014

Lots of  rescues this month, mainly Rooks & Piggeons, I just can’t turn them away.  I know they are not popular but they still have a life.

Tick on pigeons face

Tick on pigeons face

You can see a tick on this pigeons face by his beak.  They are a killer on any bird, sucking the blood and spewing nasties into the birds bloodstream, in fact any animal. The painless and easy way to kill them is to smother with Vassilene or petroleum jelly (same thing). This suffocates the body of the tick and it falls off about 18 hours later. DO NOT TRY AND PULL OFF.  This is too distressing for the animal or bird and will leave the head of the tick inside the birds body in the blood stream!!  This is brilliant on small birds like Budgies and Sparrows. Keep the bird separate from others and burn the ticks bodies when they drop off.

Ideal to kill ticks and rub on chickens legs to kill red mites and to make the chickcens legs all nice and smooth

Ideal to kill ticks and rub on chickens legs to kill red mites and to make the chickcens legs all nice and smooth

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A very nice couple from Heightington, Bewdley,  have donated 2 cheques towards the bird food and a lot of 4″ x 8ft  wooden posts for the new winter quarters for the chickens. Brilliant and much appreciated!  They have also brought me 2 rooks. one of which has got the better of me and flown away, but is now strong and up to weight.  The other one had breathing problems and now is a bit limpy on his left leg.  this year I have had a lot of rooks with bad legs, mainly not being able to stretch them. I try to massage them but it is not something that works too well.

A thank you was given in fire lighters!

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I am trying to contact Antony from Bewdley way, he brought me  a one legged pigeon and he had some chicken netting for me but I did not think of getting his phone number. Really could do with it now Antony! Lets try a bit of telepathy!! Ha haa!

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Chicken netting

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Other great news is that a glazing company in Kidderminster has given me a lot of double glased units to line my chicken house with so it will be dryer and warmer for the old girls this winter! It so happens that when I made the shed, I must have know that 12 years later I would have just the right size spaces for the paines  of glass to fit!! Payment was ‘chocolate buiscuits!

Received many double glazed units like this one

Received many double glazed units like this one

….and someone who sees me building duck houses and runs etc, had a friend who was extending his house and delivered to me a huge pile of wood offcuts…AND another guy I know has given me ply and wood fencing lengths! Oh boy! this month has been really fun!!

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August 2014

Daisy the mallard duck was brought to me & couldn’t walk from being attacked by other ducks/drakes. She is waddling about quite happy with the others from the ‘limpy’ pen- this is the female Quackers, Billy no mates, Mr Apricot and his son.  She has become one of their gang and mixed in lovely even though it’s now looking that Daisy is infact a boy! Females normally only have one partner, but Quackers keeps all her admires in line with one quack! It seems she has the new duck trained already!

...I saw this on facebook, it did make me smile...

…I saw this on facebook, it did make me smile…

Another Pigeon to fetch tonight from another rescue centre. Out of the  other 6  last week- 1 died, 2 eating by themselves, 2 still being hand fed 3times a day and last one flying about feeding himself – I always refer to them as boys. Little sparrow died :o(  Maggie Pie has flown at last and not come back. The black and white crow has doubled in weight and started to fly. The wood pigeon that flew away on Monday is back for food! lol

duck and cat

… another facebook photo I liked…

Update ~ the 2 young ring neck doves are feeding them selves and flying about in the flight. I let them fly free today thinking that will be the last I see of them at close up. Tonight, went up to lock everyone up for the night and they have both come back INTO the flight! I did laugh! The big world must look very big from a little birds point of view.

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This is Arnold, one of my favourite rescues, his feathers are as soft as fur and his nature is lovely. I saw him a few days ago in his forever home locally and had a cuddle. He always has a happy smile about him! x x

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The little quail is struggling, they do like to live in a group. Mr Pigeon sat in his water bowl to keep cool yeaterday and so did quail under his wing….not good. Put him in incubator to watm up and was a lot better, hand feeding and encouraging to eat for an hour but the little one was tired. Left with pigeon over night but didnt look to bright this morning.

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So, back in incubator with a mirror (so he thinks he has one friend) and a flanel to cuddle up to and budgie food and water. I have tried to raise quail before and have found one or two difficult. There is a chicken broody and sitting on eggs, due to hatch. I am hoping quail will last till she hatches as she will take it on as it will be the same size as her chicks. Fingers crossed- I still get upset when I loose a little life :o(

Update….. baby quail died :(”””’

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Another busy month with sparrows, crows, wood pigeons, ferel pigeons and a tiny quail about 3weeks old. I have a young pigeon with weak legs so he is in the house in a guniea pig cage in what we call the sun room, nice and warm and plenty of light.

Quail love to be with others and need warmth when little. They dont do so well in an incubator so this pigeon is unwittingly acting as mother to the quail! The quail has burried itself under the wing and is contentedly chirping. It comes out to eat and the pigeon is, I think, pleased of the company. Although it will not feed the little quail, both are deriving comfort of each other.

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July 2014

Very busy still with injured and starving pigeons! Had a pheasant in, which is now released into fields. Now have Maggie the magpie who wants to go back in his cage every night even though he is flying about!

update- Maggie has decided to look after his/her shelf and now flown away.

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Video of Flappy the pigeon!

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=muddy+duck+rescue&form=HDRSC3&first=1#view=detail&mid=43796C5A15C58529108443796C5A15C585291084

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Here is another woodie pigeon, ‘Squeeler’ and released okay.

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Ahh, my boys showing off.

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And a very kind follower gave me this chicken run.  It is now has a water proof roof and full of rabbit hutches and guinea pig cages for injured birds. Can always use such cages/hutches!

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Chas and Dave wereIMG_4924 re-homed because their owner was distraught to have to loose them as a change of circumstance  occurred, she was so upset to loose them.- but I found a happy forever home for them!

And Arnold grown up, still with a happy smile on his face and happy nature.

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Here is Arnold, one of my favourite for last year. So cute even when grown up and loved to be cuddled, rehomed to a lovely place locally- have a happy life Arnold xx

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We have beautiful sunsets and sun rises on our hill!

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Muddy Duck Rescue 2013

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our summer visitors, she is the one with ducklings lower down the page. He catches up with her after a week or so. Ducks can be heard half a mile away.

where is our breakfast?

where is our breakfast?

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Mum and ducklings happily swim away like last year and the year before and...!

Mum and ducklings happily swim away like last year and the year before and…!

Honkety came off the river at Bewdley with a broken wing, this was fixed and a girlfriend was found for him. She was sitting on eggs at her and his new home.

 

Honkety and sunny

Honkety and sunny

 Honkety and Sunny


   Oct 15

Our friend- Bird Man of Bewdley

Look on his web page www.birdmanofbewdley.co.uk

follow on face book – Bird Man Of Bewdley – Nick Taylor

Bird man of Bewdley