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"I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there can be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again." William Penn

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Birdman Update - bloodbath!

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I came home tonight to discover four dead chicks and one dead adult in my bathroom.

It looks like instead of being led outside to fly away the adult led them into the bathroom instead. They must have flapped around trying to get out but were unable to find the way they'd come in. The adult probably died of a heart attack. The young ones got wet in the pooled water in the bottom of the bath and probably died from the cold.

I am now left with two chicks. They refused to eat this evening, but the woman at the rescue centre said that was quite common. She also said that their chances of surviving the night are pretty slim.

However, they've dried out now and have gone to sleep in their box. If they survive the night then I'll let them out in the morning and hopefully they'll be able to fly away.

fingers crossed

23rd May 2008, 22:22  

nige says:

i saw your facebook update earlier and wondered what had gone on. so sad, but the chick in that third pic looks positively evil!

23rd May 2008, 22:33

Mandy. says:

oh no Sprocket! that's a nightmare.

23rd May 2008, 22:35

OCD Sprocket says:

it was a ghastly sight to come home too, and even though I've disinfected the bath, I really don't want to have a bath in there tonight.

I can still hear the other two chicks in their box, so hoping they're going to make it through the next 6 hrs, then off into the sky with them in the morning.

23rd May 2008, 22:42

Twiglet says:

Blimeh Sprocket! We were pretty bloody alarmed when just one young tit flew in our staircase window the other day. This looks like a nightmare....

23rd May 2008, 22:50

Caine says:

Oh no! What an awful thing to come home to, Sprocket. Hopefully, there will be a better and happier result tomorrow.

23rd May 2008, 23:03

Helen says:

Grim, very grim. The trials of life.

23rd May 2008, 23:30

factotum says:

Oh no. I thought this was going to be a happy story...

23rd May 2008, 23:31

Jane Doe says:

So sad : (

23rd May 2008, 23:40

such is life...

24th May 2008, 05:09

paintist says:

poor little birds and poor you, once you get involved with things like this there is a sort of guilt that comes even when you did nothing wrong...as helen says , the trials of life

24th May 2008, 08:15

hildegard says:

Oh dear, sad times. Can see how it would put you off a long soak, hope the fledglings make it.

24th May 2008, 11:39

JokerXL says:

Aw, nature at it's cruellest.
It's a jungle out there, and Sprocket's bathroom is not the place to hang out.

25th May 2008, 07:14

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