Caring for birds 

Every now and again things go wrong, this is a little bit dedicated to one little star.

The story is about these three little orphans. The grey at the front is the focus bird, the Grey in the middle we will get to, and the green who came for the ride. 

Even with the best of care, things go wrong. This little grey bird had the bad luck of its mother being found dead one morning. Its siblings already out of the nest box and being fed by the father. But he wouldn't feed this one. So it came into the care of Dyanne. 

Dyanne has her own system for keeping these birds alive

Here are a few short videos showing the sort of Extra care she provides for these unfortunate characters.

Massaging the feathers  around the head seems to relax the bird and make it more responsive to her touch.

You can tell from the black beak how young the birds is. Just too young to feed itself properly. dyanne finds it easier to spoon feed these birds than syringe feeding - the soup is a mixture of Biovit and nutribird ground down and left to soak a while. the birds seem to like it a lot

 Another quick little massage

And its Nap time.

Soon they are feeding off the spoon without having to handle the birds. 

Then its on to the millet and we know we have saved another  

Remember the grey in the middle 

 When this little bird came out of the nest box we all went WOW. A real star.

This little bird was huge. Had all the right stuff. And looked stunning.

Unfortunately it turned out to be a feather duster. But so close to being normal we tried everything to keep it alive. All of the above and more. Its the second feather duster I have tried to save and failed. I now wonder if by trying to save it I actually prolonged its agony. 

I could not bring myself to end its suffering and this little bird died in my hands.

This little video is dedicated to that Little Star

Iv had to add an amendment here 

Since we started this kind of care,

Dyanne has been getting younger and younger birds.

She has also started using a syringe barrel

without the needle

She allows the bird to dictate the pace at which she squeezes the solution out.

You can see here the bird is quite happy doing so.

As the bird gets older, they don,t like being handled as much.

At this point Dyanne lets them feed from the syringe  inside the cage. 

As you can see, it can be quite a feeding frenzy at times.

You can see why a mother might lose patience with a hungry young chick.