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Wednesday 16th May

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Nigalius, May 16, 2018.

  1. Nigalius

    Nigalius Madras Regular Member

    Morning All...

    There is a cloudless sky here with light wind and I aint looking forward to it one bit. The forecast is showing much of the same all day. Ah well, not to worry, winter is getting closer. :biggrin: [​IMG]

    The birds are fine and I am looking forward to offering some cuttlefish bone when they are ready, wont be long. Does anyone know if a bird can get stung by a wasp and what would be the first line of help. Neither of mine have been stung but there seems to be a lot around lately and i'm looking at all pissibolities. (its ok, I am just feeling a bit childish today).

    I don't have anything planned for today, not that much will get done anyway with the weather being how it is but, I did pretty good yesterday and mowed the grass, trimmed the edges and cut the grass in Frankies pen. I might split up some of my mint stock that is in pots and plant it in the ground on a neighbours plot. He tells me its ok and I will get better growth. Must remember to stay hydrated too, this heat does affect me.

    Have a Great Wednesday Everyone


  2. dianaT

    dianaT Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Good morning Nigel and everyone, a drizzly cloudy morning here after yesterdays brilliant sunshine.

    I think we had a discussion as to whether parrots can get stung some years ago, and as far as I remember no one had known of this happening, but guess yes they could be but we couldn't decide on emergency treatment. Maybe some remembers? @TomsMum @marley @Parrot797 @sunnyring @CaptainHowdy ....everyone?????

    I have Tesco shop coming this morning so I best get a move on.
    Enjoy the day folks.
  3. TomsMum

    TomsMum Administrator Staff Member Admin

    I don’t know....but having a bit of a search around, it seems unlikely that a bee or wasp would reach through the feathers to be able to sting. Birds usually react by keeping very still, unlike us humans who tend to flap about and raise the wasp’s attention. It is thought a sting would probably be deadly. Spider bites are more likely, and depending on species could also cause death. Beware also of ladybirds which can give a nasty bite to feet. In all cases specialist veterinary attention ASAP.
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  4. Beaky

    Beaky Regular Member

    Morning all. well after really hot days this morning is cold and wet, just back from Penkridge market, so many hens with chicks in the auction sale, lots of little heads peeking out from mother hens feathers, makes me realise how I miss keeping poultry. Possibility of frost tonight so might put cover over some bedding out plants, I think after tonight the threat of frost is over this spring fingers crossed, lots of warm weather for the coming week I believe.
    Will be busy fitting out ther inside of the new shed today, work benches, shelving etc., and am going to pit in electricity, have bought a small consumer unit as a safety precaution, but that will be next week once I have cables and sockets..
    Enjoy the day all
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  5. Parrot797

    Parrot797 Regular Member

    While I have kept and bred thousands of Parrots I can honestly say that I have never known of any stings on the birds.However I have been told that "x " died because of a wasp sting,but never believed it.
    I have kept and bred Pesquet Parrots when there were hundreds of wasps in the food bowls (due to the specific foods these require)and still never had any problems.
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  6. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    Billy was a Minor bird that belonged to my parents, when they moved from a house to a flat they passed him on to my Eldest brother. the following year the bird died and my brother told them it was stung in the mouth by a wasp. Of course we only had his word on this and I have never been told of any other caged bird stings. their has been cases of Africanised bees swarming birds if they disturb the hive nest.
  7. Ararajuba

    Ararajuba Regular Member

    Pedro, the breeder we got the girls from, told us that he suffers freqent attacks from Africanized honeybees on his birds during the swarming season (around October/November here) and has lost quite a number over the years. Last year he lost four conures - two crimson-bellied conures (we didn't like to ask if they were Dido's near relatives), and two olive-throated conures - a very rare species here as they are not native; he had just imported some from Peru in the hope of breeding them, but now has only one left.

    This wasn't his worst year for bee attacks - a few years ago he lost 15 birds to them in one year. None of the various precautions he has taken have worked, so he has taken to patrolling constantly around his aviaries during swarming season, around the time of day when attacks are most likely, armed with some kind of insect repellent to drive them off. He thought his losses would have been worse during the last attack, if he hadn't been present and prepared for them. Apparently they tend to go for the face and eyes when they attack, where there is less feather protection, and many birds that survive the attacks end up blinded due to this. The ones that die recieve multiple stings, as they attack in swarms - I don't think one or two stings would normally be enough to kill a bird of this size, though they might be enough to blind one if they caught it in the wrong place. The native European bees and wasps are far less aggressive though, so I sincerely hope the Africanized ones haven't made it to the UK yet. They can be a real problem here, especially in rural areas, and are dangerous to humans, domestic animals, and wildlife alike.
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