Now that the days are beginning to warm up a little I’ve finally put Holly the hedgehog out in Herbie’s hutch to harden off and climatise to the big wild world again. When I found her last November she weighed 487 grams which was far too small to hibernate. She now weighs in at ……drum roll please……1159 grams. I’ll leave her in the hutch for a couple of weeks then just leave the door open one night and let her go free. She should be fine as we have a hedgehog house and she knows where the cat biscuits are, after all I did find her eating them!!!
Curly is most interested in the proceedings.
A quick peek at Herbie. He’s now had the claws on his back legs cut which makes it a lot easier for him to drag his back legs around. He’ll go back into the hutch once Holly is released.
Just look what the wind blew in at the rescue!
I can’t express how much I LOVE feeding the baby birds. They are toasty and warm, just like little hot potatoes! They flap their wings at me and shriek for their food. It’s amazing how much they can eat in one sitting.
Now that it’s had enough it sits on my hand like a little duckling! It has a face that only a mother, and me, could love!!!
The renovations are complete at the rescue which is a huge relief as it’s now baby bird season and lot’s of rabbits and guinea pigs are coming in. Just look at this young guinea pig that came in yesterday. I swear it looks just like a little lamb. It even feels woolly!
I’ve NEVER seen a guinea pig like it!
O.k……enough of the lamb/guinea pig pics!
In other news, the barn owl has been released by the guy who found it. He was amazed at how good it looked as it was lying lifeless on the ground when he found it. It flew off like a dream apparently. And… on the same day we released the ducks that came in last year as day old chicks. No-one expected these three animals to survive, so it really is a wonderful outcome. Now we have to start hardening 60 hedgehogs off in preparation for release…..
To my utter horror I went out today and found that the slugs had been nibbling my seedlings so I’ve covered them in eggshells to try and keep them at bay. Everyone’s going to be force fed eggs for the immediate future as my stash of crushed eggshells is running low.
I’m now able to have my own home grown salad leaves and herbs each day, they taste so fresh and beat supermarket lettuce hands down.
And finally…..have to dash as this overgrown herb garden is calling to me. No doubt I’ll be back in a few hours bent double and groaning.