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‼️ we are FLOODED ‼️
With the amount of rain we have received since night, and being on the river basin, we are under flood conditions. Obviously, and thankfully, we're not dealing with strong winds but the flooding is just like hurricane conditions. All the cages are wet on the bottom and many of them are outright flooded. There are areas between cages where we have to sloshing around in 8 inches of water, getting bitten by fire ants and Japanese needle ants clinging to the floating mulch and biting as we work.
We've spent 2 hours today recapturing every single one of the pigeons from the hoarding case in the rain to get them out of floodwaters and the clinic is full to the seams, and there's only 1.5 inches left before the clinic floods too. Every time we get a lot of rain like this it reiterates the fact that the best way to raise the ground level and prevent flooding again in the future is by putting down gravel. Lots and lots of gravel.
Most areas that are flooded we need to raise the ground level by at least 4 inches. Even a 20 ton truck load of gravel needing to be spread in a 10' cage, 4" thick doesn't cover much, and even though we buy the cheapest kind of gravel it's still very expensive. Any help is appreciated so we may purchase gravel to build-up the floor level of the cages. We know gravel doesn't sound like a very exciting cause to donate towards, but it's like saving to the animals and rehab pages, and is a permanent solution to our problem. Thank you.
🔺️ Update: Thank you so much everyone for the support. We raised enough to order two truckloads of gravel. The hoard pigeons will have to stay in crates and smaller cages for now until we can get the gravel into to their enclosure, but as always we are making it work! and little-by-little we will solve the problem thanks to help! Much appreciated. I'll post ildate pics as we get the gravel delivered. ...
4 days ago
This week we have received multiple warblers every day for care. All of them have the same problem: they struck a window during flight. For many species migration has officially started, and hundreds of thousands of little birds like these will be traveling through your backyard, and our area making their way to the Southern regions for the season.
Please make sure that you put decals and stickers on your windows or cover the ones that birds have hit in the past, from the exterior with a plant or newspaper, or something so it does not reflect the environment around them, making the birds think he can fly through. These little birds hit the windows full speed, so it causes a lot of damage and swelling to their brain, their spinal column, their eyes, etc. A bird that hit a window isn't always "good to go" even if he flies away. They detach their retinas and will fly away to go die elsewhere, because they cannot survive with one blind eye.
If you see a bird on the ground that hit a window, let it sit quiet and alone for just 10 minutes, and if it has not moved, then quickly and with a swift and quick motion cover it with a towel (don't go slow, it will get away) and get the bird contained in a small box and contact a rescue. Never attempt to give a bird like this food and water. When you're injured, and you've got internal damage, and spinal swelling, and you're stressed, you do not want food and water at that moment, and most people make the mistake of taking an already injured bird and stressing it to death the rest of the way, by talking to it, petting it, handling it, and trying to feed or water it, etc.
Place the bird in a small box, or something with solid walls like a bin. Put a towel in the bottom for traction. Do not try to place the bird in a bird cage or wire cage. Close the box/container and keep it closed at all times. Do not let the birds sit in a box with no lid. Bring the bird to your nearest licensed wildlife shelter immediately, and do not put food or water in the box during transport, it will just spill everywhere and make the bird wet and worse off. ...
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