Harold and Gladys ( 1991 ~ 2011)
They came to Muddy Duck Rescue in 2007 and lived ther last few years out in grassy lawns and under the 200 year old Walnut tree. He went blind and she would come and fetch him if he got stuch in a bush! He would eat all the lettuce treats if she didnt hurry up and get her share! They were a delight to give sanctuary to.
This pair return every year with one or two of their off spring looking for a suitable nesting spot. Every year she is walking over the sheds and he just looks like hes been through this every year and she will settle with a similar place as the previous years!
We have the most lovely sunsets and sun rises in the Autumn and Spring. This sun set had lost its ‘glow’ in a few minutes it took to find the camera and its still beautiful.
Arnold the orphan drake
He was brought to me as a late hatching, mum had all the others and decided it was time to go and take them to the pond for food. He hatched the day after they had gone, taken in by a lady and brought to me. He was a character and lives with a mixed bunch of ducks and chickens, he loves his duck-weed.
Arnold 6 months later – a handsome chap.
All wood pigeons are called Flash Gordon. Flash came to me as a few days old and needed to be hand fed every hour for a week, every 2 hours for 2 weeks, as and when ‘she ‘ was hungry after that, for another 3 weeks.
She stayed at home once she could cope with 2 feeds a day- morning before I came to work and evening – when I returned home. By now she could fly and would take off after breakfast into the trees that surround us at home. But on an evening, like a sulking teenager, she would return to be hand fed!
She ( I thought it was a boy at first) flew away -not far- and paired up with one of my earlier Flash Gordons, so they are together all the time now. awwwwww :o)
Luckily my boss at work (my main job) was helpful and allowed me to take birds to work, often asking (as he peered into the cage) what is it this time?…a duck?
It could be any type of bird!
Honkety and Sunny
Honkety was a gander on the river at Bewdley, old and injured with a broken wing, he came to Muddy Duck sanctuary. His wing was strapped up and fixed. The first time he streched it carefully and flapped both in unison, he happily honked for England!
Next step was to find a lady for him, he could not be released on to the river again, its a hard life nad he had long lost his ‘standing’ in the flock. He would have to start on the outside even if accepted. So, after a lot of phoning about I found a young goose for him. Even this could be a non starter….I took her up the garden in my arms and she honked; there was a pause; and a few questioning honks came back from Honkety. Love at first sight for both of them!!!
Oh, it was so lovely, I felt choked with emotion! They never fought, he was a gentleman to her, she followed him like a love sick teenager.
They have the same home as Arnold with huge pond for a bath.
He couldn’t walk. HIs legs when you held him would give a little resistance so his legs were okay but shock or stress to the muscles were not holding him up. Best way to help him was to put a large shallow pond filled to the top. To let him sit in it all day with straw around the floor edge so when he had enough he could flop out onto the straw so he could dry off and be comfortable. He could flap his wings so could drag himself across the ground.
As always for newly injured birds into us, 10 days of antibiotics. After tha week he started to try to walk, after a month I decided he needed to back to the water and the safest way was our local canal. The river is too fast and the pub where I was thinking of is reknown for barges to stop and locals to feed the ducks.
Off we went and the first 2 times I kept him in the carrier just so he could look at the suroundings, this is less stressful the 3rd time when you let them go – the 3 time they think ‘ah, Ive been here before’. There were a lot of reeds here so he could rest in the water between the reeds and be hidden and safe. This is exactly what he did. I went and fed him each night for a week, he had made a friend of another drake and the second week he was swimming and flying along the canal – happy dance!
2 Ring Neck Doves
2 of these ring neck doves who came to us, both found in a garden under some large trees. could not be left as dogs about. Fed them for a week and after that they could feed them selves. But, the problem with these type of doves is they hate captivity but are not strong flyers untill they are about 8-10 weeks old. So, they went into the finch flight till they have the strength to hang onto the inside wire netting and flap to get out – thats the time to release them and I always wait till the wild doves are about as the resuced ones will always go and join them – last count of wild ring neck doves was 23 in the flock, so it has gown from 3 very nicely over the years.
New Pigeon Flight
A lady who had some chickens gave me this, I finished putting it up with plastic top. It kept many limpy birds of all sorts including Rooks, JackDaws, Magpies, pigeons, etc.
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