KEEP IT SAFE
KEEP IT WARM
KEEP IT QUIET
RING A RESCUE ASAP
This is Kezzy. She was found by a little girl in the middle of a lawn.
No-one knew where she had come from nor how she had got there. The only explanation is that Kezzy was predated and dropped.
WHAT TO FEED A BABY BIRD OF PREY:
Very young birds of prey should be offered small pieces of chopped day old chick, dipped in water.
These male hatchery chicks can be purchased from a Pet Store and must be completely defrosted. With kitchen scissors, remove head, legs and yolk sak. Chop the muscle and intestines into small pieces dipping each piece into water before offering the food using plastic forceps. A calcium supplement can also be sprinkled on the meat to help build strong bones.
REMEMBER HOWEVER ! Never feed a cold, starving bird of prey. It must be warmed up first. Food, as described above, should be given little by little, taking care not to overburden the bird's weakened system.
TOP TIP : To avoid SPLAYED legs, young birds of prey must be placed on a makeshift nest with a towel placed over the nest on to which their talons can grip. Under no circumstances should a young bird of prey be placed on shiny newspaper.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU FEED?
Young birds of prey should be fed every 3 or 4 hours between the hours of 7am and 7pm.
The baby should be weighed daily to ensure it is receiving sufficient food. As the young bird grows the amount of food should be increased.
Birds of prey do regurgitate pellets, so do not be alarmed.
An adult kestrel (not Kezzy)
ADULT SPARROW HAWK
Sparrow hawks have bright yellow eyes and are bigger than a kestrel. They are often seen in gardens where they lay in wait for smaller birds, such as thrushes and blackbirds, before striking with extreme speed.
On the 1st April, a female hedgehog was admitted with lacerations and a broken leg. These were caused by a dog attack. The leg had to be amputated
The Wildlife Orphanage has had an influx of small hedgehogs over the last few weeks. These are the Autumn Juveniles, born late in the year. They are often seen out in daytime and looking a bit wobbly. Please act quickly if you see one as they go downhill rapidly.
With winter just around the corner, these little hogs will be just too light for hibernation. They need to put on lots of weight to see them through the winter.
If you see a tiny hedgehog roaming about, often in daylight,
Please ring 0771 1883072 for advice.