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Ho hum…

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Hello again blogosphere. I wonder how many times i’ll say i’m going to start blogging and then fail to continue?

Its been a slow week…Mike is in London for a course, so i’ve been getting the bus to uni. I’ve managed to pick up a cold, which is quite annoying, but no way near as annoying as last night where I stood at the bus stop for an hour while nothing turned up. According to the paper timetable at the stop there should have been three buses, according to the online timetable only two. Either way it was rather frustrating! I decided to work from home today to save myself a bit of annoyance, and I hope things are better tomorrow.

On keeping Quail

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

A fortnight ago, I bought 3 quail “chicks” (they were 3.5 weeks old), Waylon, Rose and Daisy. The idea was that they were two females and a male. They would live indoors in a large rabbit cage over the winter, and move outside when spring sprung. I set about buying all sorts of quaily bits and bobs, a nest box, some hay for nesting in, a water dispenser, grit, leg rings, chick crumb and pellets. On the second day I discovered mistake number one. Quail drink a LOT, and one budgie drinker (approx 250ml) needs refilling twice a day, so I invested in a 1.3L mushroom drinker. One thing I had been warned about was that they would kick bedding into their food, but I thought bowls would be OK. However it did get to be a bit of a pain, so I bought a food hopper at the same time as the drinker.

It became obvious after a week that Daisy was actually Dan when further speckly breast feathers came through (there were a few when we bought “her”). From the little information I managed to scrape from the internet, I knew that i’d need an excess of females as the males are over-amorous. Although the lady I bought the quail from had offered to swap Daisy if she did turn out to be a he, I felt reluctant to part with him. I’d joined a Quail Forum and luckily there was a member near enough for me to buy females from. When we got these two home, I let them run round with the others, and all seemed well. 5 quail in a cage 1m x 50cm take up a lot more room than 3 quail though, and so the mushroom drinker became major mistake number 2. After it falling over twice due to much quail stampeding I realised I was going to have to invest in a rabbit bottle for the birds. The two new quail were used to it, and seem to have done a good job of showing the other quail how to use it.

Pets and other animals.

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

I found out today that someone I know has a “pet” squirrel. It was bought to him as a baby and he refused to have it put down (they’re illegal to keep, or return to the wild – greys only). As one who adores squirrels, I was, of course, extra excited, although I must admit a little disappointed that they don’t turn in to tame little lovable pets, but seem to still have plenty of wild instincts. Still, its cool. In return, I shared that I own several hamsters.

While walking down the hill back to the bus stop, I saw several baby rabbits again. No baby ducks yet, I hear there are some at Gibbet but i’ve yet to see any in the fluff.