We have had many rescue animals in The Aviary Garden over the years and we always try as hard as possible to give them the best life we can manage. We already had a few indoor guinea pig cages that we have used to keep our quail chicks in. Our two rescue guinea pigs Chip And Dale, who we got at the beginning of July, are living in one of these. They have already grown so much we decided their indoor cage should be bigger. After much searching online we decided new large cages were simply too expensive so set about trying to find a second hand option. We bought a perfect one on ebay from bobtailsrescue a charity based in Ewell who rescue and rehome unwanted rabbits and guinea pigs. It is 140cm x 70 cm, in perfect condition and it was only £25. Mind you when we arrived home with it I realised we are going to have to do some serious furniture moving to fit it in. Oh well at least the guinea pigs will be happy.
The New Guinea Pig Indoor Cage
If you are a lover of rabbits and guinea pigs you will like Bobtails Rabbit And Guinea Pig Rescue. There are lots of advice on care as well as information on rehoming.
The cockatiel chick looks really pleased to see me when I check him over each day. What a little sweetie.
I have noticed in our cockatiel group in the aviary there are many different personalities. There are the loners who seem quite happy playing with toys and keeping to themselves, there are the bonded pairs who stay together all day and no matter what happens end up back together on the perch, there are the confident ones who happily mix with most members of the group and there are the shy ones who would love to be in a bonded pair but can’t quite meet their partner. It makes me feel quite sad sometimes and although all the cockatiels have a happy, full life in the aviary, anyone who has ever felt left out will feel sorry for Speckles the cockatiel in this video.
Maybe the new cockatiel chick, who is doing very well, may be a friend for him.
The Cockatiel Chick
There was a sad end to the day today in The Aviary Garden when we found the poor young wood pigeon had died. I thought he seemed quite bright today with the sun shining on him. Although he kept leaning sideways I saw him walking up and down the run earlier on and had been eating. Poor young wood pigeon not long out of the nest and never going to fly with his crew. Nature can be very harsh sometimes.
After all the torrential rain we have had lately we have had two nice sunny days in the aviary garden. It has been nice and warm but with a pleasant breeze. Perfect days for people, animals and birds to enjoy!
The little cockatiel chick is still thriving and is around two weeks old now. I’m starting to dare to think of names now.
Two Week Old Cockatiel Chick
I went to visit my Mum and Dad today and spent a happy afternoon watching the birds on their garden feeder. I think a love of birds runs in the family. This little robin has young in the hedge next to the window and is busy backwards and forwards with food all the time.
A Robin On The Bird Feeder
When I was about to leave we found a young injured wood pigeon lying at the side of the road. Although there are no obvious injuries it seemed stunned and unable to fly or walk. I couldn’t leave it there as easy picking for every passing cat or fox so I decided to take it home with me. Here it is travelling home in style courtesy of Southern Rail.
Young Injured Wood Pigeon
It has settled in tonight and has eaten some food but it seems very unbalanced and I am not that hopeful of a recovery. At least it has a chance now.
Although the weather forecast was for heavy showers we seemed to miss them for most of the day and went, this morning for a walk around The Mayfield Lavender fields which are just down the road from us. It is really beautiful there, the smell is stunning and as you walk you are accompanied by the constant hum of hundreds of busy bees. You can buy lavender plants for £3 each and many other home made lavender products at a reasonable price. We thoroughly enjoyed our morning.
Tomorrow I will decide where to plant our new lavender plants, I would really like to plant them in tubs so I can move them around to the sunniest spots. We enjoyed a cup of tea this afternoon with our lavender biscuits and decided it was well worth the visit.
The little cockatiel chick was looking at the world today and seemed quite pleased with what he could see. As he gets older his parents are spending more and more time away from him. I worry they are getting bored and will forget him but don’t want to intervene as I would like it to grow up in the aviary with the extended cockatiel family. While he still has a full crop I will try not to worry.
Cockatiel Chick 7 Days Old
Dodging the showers today we went for a walk around our village ponds in Carshalton. Even if you live in a London Borough there is still wildlife to visit.
I know I shouldn’t have favourites but Athos is one of them. Two years ago when the cockatiels had chicks in the aviary one of the budgies attacked one of the nest boxes killing the chicks and leaving just one alive with a badly injured leg. I brought him in and hand reared him. I felt so sad when I found the dead chicks, it upset me for weeks every time I thought of them. I was determined to try and keep this little chick alive. Now he is a healthy happy cockatiel living in the small aviary with his friends. He greets me so happily when ever I go to the end of the garden and although he has a bit of a twisted foot he manages very well. I have added a video of how he survived.
I checked the little chick in the aviary today as his parents left him alone for a while. His eyes look nearly ready to open. I would say he is about seven days old. He has grown but I’m still very concerned he will not survive. He has a nice full crop though which is a good sign and I’m still keeping my finger crossed we may get there.
We have built a flight partitioned off in the chicken and duck run for Chirpy the rescue blackbird chick to practice his flying and become a bit more independent. We used recycled panels we had intended to get rid and it has made him a nice 9ft by 3ft area. He didn’t really look very impressed with all our hard work but it is early days.
He has only had limited flying practice before so I was happy with his progress. I think it is going to be a very difficult job for us to make him independent though. I’ll record his progress as he goes along.
It has rained and rained for much of the day today. All the poor flowers are getting battered to bits in the wet. It also stopped any plans I had for working outside. So I thought I would work on an idea I had with an old enamel kettle I bought at a car boot sale recently. I’m always on the look out for items I can recycle into unusual garden planters and this seemed perfect. I added a little verbena I bought in my cheap B&Q finds and it has really brightened up an empty spot.
Recycled Kettle Made Into Garden Planter
Yesterday, after looking at the video of the cockatiels trying out the new feeding station I decided maybe it was a little bit too slippery for them to land on. I added an old brick so they had something to stand on and put in their favourite treat of scrambled egg and they seemed to loose their fear straight away.
When I was in the night part of the aviary today I heard a tiny cheeping behind the quails house. When I looked behind a cockatiel had made a little nest and there was a tiny cockatiel chick about three days old. I’m very worried it is not in the best place at all but reluctant to move it in case it’s parents abandon it. I know from experience hand rearing chicks from this age is rarely successful so I think I better leave well alone and keep my finger crossed. I checked a few times throughout the rest of the day and mum or dad cockatiel was sitting firmly on the chick so hopefully things may work out.
Three Day Old Cockatiel Chick
The bird bath I bought to replace the one that broke a few months ago arrived today and I intend to use it for the most part as a feeding station. I set it up straight away and filled it with cress and spinach leaves which is one of their favourite treats but unfortunately they seemed scared of it. Hopefully they will get used to it in the next few days and at least the quail are enjoying the dropped leaves!