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Vanje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 01:04 PM
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Breaking News! Fledgling Magpie smells like cake
When I stick my face deep into the breast feathers of an orphaned magpie I'm raising,and inhale deeply, Its warm, and smells like unfrosted chocolate cake just coming out of the oven.

The bird seems to like it too!
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 01:51 PM
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1. He probably wants you to preen him with your beak...
Since you don't have one you can scratch him with your finger nails. Some birds require help removing the covering around the shaft of the feather when it is grown.
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libodem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 02:00 PM
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2. how sweet
My ex-boy friend let a little orphaned magpie live in his back yard until it could fly. Both parent-birds came by every day to feed it. It was very touching to witness their devotion.
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 02:03 PM
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3. That's the time they're the most vulnerable to native predators...
or cats.
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libodem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 02:03 PM
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4. oops that didn't make sense...
how could it be orphaned if the parent's came by? I meant, fell out of the nest, and couldn't fly baby magpie. Sorry, I lied. :P
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 02:10 PM
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5. You're okay.
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 02:12 PM
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6. Gets my vote for the Best Subject Line of the Month.
Not to mention the silliest, sweetest, and most interesting animal post I have EVER read.

Good for you to raise the magpie! What will you do when it's grown?
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Vanje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 02:28 PM
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7. I'll let the bird decide.
Its already flying long downward flights with decent landings, and some short level flights /hops. She'll be flying well in a few days.
I take him /her outdoors when I do chores. During these times, we hunt insects and worms together. If she chooses to fledge during one of our outings, I'll still supply food and company,as long as the bird wants it. If she chooses to come back in the house with me, thats cool too.

I live far enough in the country, I dont think she'll have people trouble if she stays in the general neighborhood.
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 02:32 PM
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9. Well, I think it's just terrific.
:hi:
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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 02:32 PM
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8. I've always enjoyed your posts, sheeptramp, but this is one of the best!
Thanks for bringing the country home to DU!
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