Nov 262012

Russell and May at Bush Haven urgently need to arrange new house-sitters/ sanctuary minders for a weekend in February and extended [six weeks] time from 11 May to 22nd June 2013. 

Obviously we would like someone who genuinely cares for birds and could prepare food in mornings for both parrots and birds in care, mainly kereru; also for some kereru that come regularly for food but are now flying free.  Full training will be given for this and all outside aviaries are set up with a watering system, so no carrying heavy buckets etc.  Parrots would have full seed hoppers and only occasional green food etc done as non-breeding season.

Some experience in  dealing with minor avian injuries would be really pleasing but even just a genuine interest would be a help to us providing you could visit regularly for some training prior to house-sitting.

We also have two cats and a dog to feed morning and night.  You would live rent-free with power all paid by direct debit.  Heat pumps, automatic washing machine, dvd player, broadband and landline; newspaper delivery also paid; sorry no Sky but Freeview TV, .

If you are genuinely interested please contact us at 03.2130530 or in the first instance.  References may be required.

Nov 222012

Since mid September we have had several birds in care, some of them died within hours of arrival but we are still looking after six, the latest of which arrived late last night with a burst crop.   Most of these birds hit windows, although one was found in a paddock outside town so although it may still have hit a window, it also may have hit a tree or power line.

The bird with damaged crop was operated on this morning by our faithful vet, Dr Lisa Stuart and we are giving it IV fluids through a set up catheter in its leg every half hour.  By this evening it should be okay to give fluids through a feeding tube, along with antiobiotics.

Everything is a learning curve. The bird is very feisty, so it really wants to live. Unfortunately there could be a chick without a mum but maybe the dad will continue to feed it. 

I will add a photo later.  The crop was packed full of leaf bites of varying sizes, which were meticulously picked out by Lisa prior to cleaning and stitching the wound.  As well as those picked out, several more leaves had fallen out in the box the bird was brought to us in last night, so the crop would have been really full with rough food, which is probably the reason it burst so readily.

As May had a dental appointment today we had to call on the assistance of Dr Lisa Myers who was at home and able to come and help with a couple of IV doses.

We’re hoping some of the birds in cages in the laundry/hospital start eating and moving along to the next phase to create a bit more room for the ongoing care of the now three birds in carry-boxes – where they remain for the first week of care.

Nov 152012

On Thursday, 15 November 2012 three ladies from ILT and ILT Foundation visited Bush Haven and were shown around the facilities, feeding of an injured bird in hospital and the other birds in our rehab situation.

They also viewed the native and exotic parrot collection, which is funded by the sale of birds bred on the property.

While here they presented Russell with a cheque for $1,000 to help provide the rehab facility with food and other necessities such as vet fees etc for a further term.

We would like to thank the ILT Foundation for continuing to support our work.

Nov 152012

On Wednesday, 23rd October 2012,  a large group of children, parents and teachers from Waverley Kindergarten visited Bush Haven.  They were escorted around the property, shown the hospital facilities and given a comprehensive narrative about some of the birds in care, and the other native and exotic birds.

The children and adults were told of the threats to the kereru such as window strikes and being hit by cars, also about how fireworks can be such a threat to all our native birds.

This is the second year that Waverley have brought their children here so they must enjoy the visit and judging by the comments made by the adults, they all thoroughly enjoyed it as well.

We hope they all gained some knowledge of the bush and the birds in Otatara.

The photo shows the group as they came onto the property off the bus.