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SueP



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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Beechnut.
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Beechnut



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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Getting a bit covered now!



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Beechnut



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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went round to Creature Comforts in the Fen this morning to check on what they have to offer and the prices.

It was about what I expected, I suppose - The mealworms were small regular and prepacked in around 50g plastic containers and the waxworms were in a polythene tub containing 50 worms, both at £2 each.

The waxworms were OK, but the mealworms were not in the greatest physical condition compared to those from LFD, but they would be handy in an emergency, but I won't be using them on a regular basis. They are open on Saturdays so if the noon ordering deadline is missed on Friday, meaning that delivery would be Tuesday at best, then it is handy to know I could get something to tide the chicks over till then.
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ELLE



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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Must say they are looking very healthy Beechnut, you Must be so proud of your pair, they've done a grand job! Applause

Elle
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blueeyedchick



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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Pets at Home in an emergency Beechnut. But unlike the Fen shop they are kept in good condition but not many for your money. I have taken delivery of 500 grms of Mini's for the chicks when they arrive this week and what they don't want I'm sure the Sparrows won't object to having them!!!!

My Waxworms delivery has also turned up from Waxworms Ltd. Good company free next day delivery --brill

Kathy
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Beechnut



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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Elle, they have done a great job so far.

I can't remember a year when one of the pair has completely rejected feeding from the feeder, especially when it's much less tiring to almost glide from the box to the feeder. Confused
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Gina1948



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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aww, they are looking cute now. Good luck to them

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Beechnut



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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Gina.

Here they are having a game of King o' the Castle before bed.




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Beechnut



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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I never thought I see it happen - both my GTs are feeding the chicks mainly on a naturally found diet of caterpillars, spiders and small insects which they are easily finding in the trees and hedgerows at the bottom of the garden and the blackberry brambles in the field just beyond.

I only need to put a couple of spoonfuls of mealworms in the feeder each morning and it is now not empty come the next day.

I took delivery of a bag of mealworms yesterday and if things stay as they are feeding-wise there will be at least half the bag left by the time the chicks fledge.

It seems the starlings will have a feast day in around a week!
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ELLE



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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Beechnut
I'm glad they are all doing so well, if they do fledge before you have used them, they may still come to your garden for them if they know they are guaranteed, just in case it rains, cos that can wash caterpillars & other insects away.! I'd personally would be tempted to keep putting them out Hug

Anyway, they are looking lovely & healthy & so cute Day dreaming

Elle
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blueeyedchick



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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not to worry Beechnut it could have easily gone the other way. Must be to do with the mild winter more insects about. I notice something similar with Poppy but the chicks are only two days old so need little stuff. Having said that I would rather they took the natural food wouldn't you?

Kathy.
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SueP



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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, look how they are coming on. Look really good and healthy. No matter what they feed on as long as they find food. Brilliant.
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Beechnut



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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ed and Flo's chicks seem to feathering up more every day, they have almost lost their fuzzy hair styles and have a fair covering of yellow breast feathers.



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petes box



Joined: 20 Apr 2017
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like mine are at the same stage as yours.
And mine are also feeding natural food, caterpillars, spiders, moths, between visits to the mealworms.
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ELLE



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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awww Beechnut
They are all coming on nicely, how long before they fly the nest??

Elle
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