Lots of new baby pigeons. Well, they're pretty big now, they grow sooo fast! Hubby added a new double-wide coop on the other side of the door into the shingle shack. We're putting all of the new ones in there as soon as they're old enough. They all have been refusing to leave their nests. One was even staying in the nest while his Mom was trying to lay on new eggs!! Some photos below. As always, click on the photos to enlarge.
|refusing to leave the nest!||ready to go out on their own|
|enjoying the sun in the new digs||new coop on the left|
This has been on my mind for some time now and I need to speak about it. ;m going to rant bout it here for lack of a better place.
I keep seeing all sorts of posts online re Cat Rescue organizations begging for people to adopt, and constantly whining because they're running out of room to rescue more cats.
I thought Ic ould help since my home and heart has lots of room. I found a kitty I fell in love with and filled out an adoption form. OMG!!!
It's no wonder they're so full up, they make it almost impossible to adopt one of their animals, it isn't even funny....it's just so sad.
- must feed a raw diet only....I've had many cats live into their 20's feeding them a good quality store food.
- would you be willing to re-mortgage your home to pay for chemo, etc., if your cat got sick...???!!?..this just left me speechless
- cat must never be left alone, if you work, forget about applying.
- can not have a smoker in the house.
- can not have children under 5 in the home.
Really people, you need to be a bit more reasonable. Stop complaining to me because you're out of room and can't rescue any more cats. It's your own fault because apparently nobody but you is good enough to own a cat, ever.
I understand the need to be careful. Really I do. But you all need a reality check.
You won't be getting any more donations from me.
Thank you, I feel a bit better, but no less frustrated, at getting this off my chest.
New baby pigeons!!
These two are Danish Suabians:
Just hatched!! Dad's a wild pigeon rescue and Mom is an Old German Owl...should be cute little dudes!!
Finally, after a few false starts, we had 2 pigeon eggs hatch. Beautiful, chubby little pigeon babies. We were such proud parents!
They were doing so well, a few weeks old, growing beautiful new feathers.
The other day I got home from doing some shopping and Hubby was moping around the house. Uh-oh. "The babies are gone" he said. My heart fell to the floor. Noooo...not our little pigeon chicks!!
Hubby told me it was a rat that had got in there and drug them away. I glared at, and threw the finger at, the pig that lives across the road. The source of our recent rat invasion. I've lived here 20 years and never seen a rat and now we're over-run with them. He moved into that house 6 years ago and has let it run all the way downhill. He hasn't been to the dump since they moved in. **grumble*
I felt responsible somehow. Like I'd let our pigeons down, not protecting them when I should have. I mean, how's a pigeon supposed to fightback against a rat? "cooo, cooo , cooo" although adorable as all get out, isn't much of a defense!
I declared war on the rat population of North Augusta.
I went to the store and bought some rat traps. That was not quite a full 2 days ago and Hubby has already caught 8 rats. A friend said to bait the traps with peanut butter but I don't want to trap my squirrels that I've worked so hard to attract to the yard, so we're using leftover roasted chicken. I don't plan to stop until the rats are decimated.
Two new babies hatched the day the other two were killed. No rat's gonna get these babies. They gotta get through me first...
I was watching the birds playing in the bird bath yesterday when a big, bright, lightbulb went on over my head...
Pigeons are birds.....hmmmmm...
Went out and bought a cheap litter pan, talked Hubby into climbing out into the pigeon runout...the rest is history :)
I think they approve...don't you think?