Week 29 – Work Experience

Hi all, I'm away this week so no news update & just a quick blog about work experience At this time of year we are extremely popular with work experience placements, for students ranging from locals from Cotswold School up to trainee vets. The extra pair of hands at this...

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Week 28 – It’s a boy………or girl?!

This week we have been catching up some of the birds that we are uncertain as to what gender they are.  With many species of bird there are obvious differences between the sexes.  You can go on size (male flamingos are taller, female Owls are larger), by colour (think male...

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Week 27 – Quick Update

Hi all It's just a quick update this week as we have been all hands to the deck again with hand rearing, school trips and preparing for Summer (yes, Summer!)   We have 3 Greater Rhea hatch this week.  The chicks are mobile from hatch and are following the parents...

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Week 26 – Hand Rearing

As you will have seen from the past couple of blogs, the keepers are currently busy playing Mum & Dad to a variety of different chicks.  This weeks blog is all about how we go about raising the chicks.   There are many reasons why we may hand rear a...

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Week 25 – Hand Rearing Update

We continue on from last weeks blog on hand rearing. All the chicks are doing well, with the Military Macaw chick now tipping the scales at 110 grams (having hatched at 25).  As the chick is getting bigger it is getting less feeds per day but larger quantities are given...

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Week 24 – Chick Chick, Hooray

It's been a good week this week as several of the eggs that the birds and ourselves were incubating have hatched.  This means that the staff are busy hand rearing and bags can be seen under eyes!   The first of the eggs to hatch since the last blog was...

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Week 23 – Busy busy busy

Apologies that this weeks blog is a couple of days late, it’s been a busy couple of days and I just haven’t found time to sit down and write about life at Birdland. As a result this weeks blog is going to be just the updates for the week.  ...

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Week 22 – Penguin Week

This week we are celebrating our first ever penguin week so this weeks blog is all about working with penguins We currently have 13 Kings and 9 Humboldts under our care. Compared to a lot of the other species we keep, the penguins are pretty straight forward to care for....

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Week 21 – Medication

This week I thought I would write about how we medicate the birds. With nearly 500 animals under our care we regularly have to treat birds who are unwell or injured.   We have to deal with a variety of ailments, which can be anything from a pulled claw up...

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Week 20

This weeks blog is a day late so apologies for any inconvenience.  We have a keeper away so the 3 of us have been working non stop to ensure that all the animals are fed, the aviaries clean, the bins emptied and the public entertained.   Keepers being off is inevitable...

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