Posts by KateYoung

Fledgling Season

FLEDGLING SEASON - DO'S & DON'TS

I HAVE BEEN GETTING LOTS OF CALLS REGARDING BABY BIRDS – RECENTLY FLEDGED IN GARDENS. SO HERES A BRIEF RUN DOWN ON THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF HELPING THIS SEASONS BABY BIRDS

I have been receiving a vast number of calls over the last few weeks regarding young fledged British birds. 

This time of year it is very common and totally normal to see baby birds in your gardens this time of year – many baby birds fledge (leave the nest) before fully able to fly and will sometimes spend a few days to even a week or more hopping around on the ground before their flight feathers on their wings fully develop – so please do not rush to the conclusion that these birds are injured, abandoned, fallen from a nest or in need of help. 

Fledglings, as I have said, are often seen without their full flight feathers and may still have tufts of their baby feathers still visible. 
Some species continue to receive food and nourishment from their parents after leaving the nest so please try to avoid the temptation to ‘rescue’ these birds – as despite how helpless they appear – it is extremely uncommon for parent birds to abandon their offspring before they are ready.

Birds are much better equipped to look after their offspring than humans ever will be. Human intervention should be a last resort in the case of an injured or truly abandoned bird.

If you are concerned that you may have found an abandoned baby bird, please observe the bird from a distance – if a parent is watching it will not approach the youngster while humans are present. If you find a youngster that cannot fly and is in a compromised, exposed or unsafe place such as a road or garden full of prowling cats – it is OK to move the baby bird to a nearby bush for coverage.

Only once you are certain the baby bird is in need of human intervention should you call a rescue or helpline for advice. 

If you do find a baby bird that has been injured or abandoned and despite your efforts does not survive please do not feel disheartened. Birds, especially babies, are fragile and prone to injuries and infections. 

For instance, only around 30% of the common British garden bird the Blue Tit survive through their first year, they have adapted to this by producing large broods of 8-13 eggs per season to increase chances of some making it to adulthood.

 

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It’s HATCHLING Season!!!

It's HATCHLING Season

Scroll down for some extremely cute photo’s and footage of this years Leopard Gecko Hatchlings from here at the centre.

By Kit Young

We have many Leopard Gecko’s that have found their forever homes here with us, you will have seen the adults posted time and time again on our social media if you follow us!

For those of you that follow our social media avidly, you will know that the time of year has come around once again to see our hatchling leopard geckos – born and raised here at notions.

These are NOT rescue animals, but will in fact be also searching for forever homes. Leopard Geckos make amazing and fascinating pets both for exotic pet beginners and specialists alike.

All hatchlings have been incubated to be males, although this cannot be 100% guaranteed. Geckos can be reserved at any time although can not leave Notion’s until 8-12 weeks (dependent on health and weight). PLEASE do your research before taking ANY pet into your home, especially an exotic pet such as these reptiles. 

 

 

Re-homed:

1x Wildtype (Hi-Yellow) het tremper albino – YOSHI
3x Wildtype het tremper albino
2x Mack Super Snow (Black & White)
1x Tremper albino

Looking for homes:

1x Tremper albino

ONLY ONE LEFT!!!

 

QUICK AND SIMPLE: Bird Friendly Nibbles Recipe

Bird Friendly Nibbles Recipe

Raisin & Honey (Optional) Cookie Recipe for your Feathered Friends.

By KIT YOUNG

Bird Friendly Nibbles Recipe with ONLY 4 INGREDIENTS.

Safe and Simple baked treat that your pet birds will LOVE.

Ingredients:
150g Plain flour
75g Water
50g Raisins
1 1/2 tsp Honey (Optional – Can be replaced with 1 tsp brown sugar)

Preparation time: 10 minutes     Cooking time: 15 minutes

1. Sift 150g of flour into a large mixing bowl                     

2. If you have decided against usinghoney as an ingredient, you may now add 1 tsp of brown sugar.

3. Next carefully add 75g water, using your hands to fold the water into the flour until you’re left with a ball of dough.


4. at this stage you can add your 50g of Raisins
*although this can be replaced with a bird safe fruit or nut of your choice* using your hands to fold the Raisins into the dough until dispersed evenly. 

 

5. It is now time to add 1 1/2 tsp of Honey if you have not opted to use sugar, this will make this dough extremely stick so do not be alarmed.

 

6. The dough is ready to be rolled out on a clean surface, coating the surface in a light dusting of plain flour will reduce the stickiness of the dough making it easier to roll with a rolling pin. 

7.Once dough is rolled flat, it is now time to divide the dough into nibble sized pieces- this can be done using your hands or with a cookie cutter, I opted to use an icing cutter as I find they readily come in more appropriate ‘bite-sized’ shapes than the larger cookie cutters.

8. Place your nibbles on a baking tray, lined with grease proof baking paper, and preheat your oven to  180 degrees C/ Gas Mark 4.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Once the oven is hot and ready to go, pop in your baking tray, leaving the nibbles to cook for around 15 minutes or lightly brown.

 

10. Remove the nibbles from the oven and leave to cool before serving to your birds. Ensure the nibbles are cooked the entire way through and crunchy as uncooked dough or ‘doughy’ cookies can be a trouble for your birds digestion.

 

– Keeping the nibbles stored in an sealed container in a cool, dry place will keep the cookies edible for up to 7 days. –

                                   

Travel Blog – Asturias

Asturias Adventure

Bears, Wolves and Dogs with 6 toes…

By KIT YOUNG

Nothern Spain – Asturias (June 2018)