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    This is getting ridiculous... every time I go to check there's one or two bedraggled hoopoe fledglings hopping about under the nest box. They fly out and hop into the pond. The mum sits on the fence calling to them, but they can't fly yet.



    Back they go... again...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    The hoopoe fledglings started to leave the nest box this morning, but with five dogs roaming around they don't stand a chance.

    They're really beautiful birds and I keep putting the chicks back in the box, and they keep coming out again! Not sure what to do really to give them a chance. They just need a few more days to strengthen their flying muscles.
    Hoopoes actually like to eat on the ground. They eat insects/grubs, usually finding them by turning over leaves and other stuff lying around on the ground. And they aren't as shy or flighty as many other bird species.

    Perhaps you could relocate the nest box to a safer location. And if the birds keep flying into the pond, do they just need a drink? Is there somewhere apart from the pond where they can take a drink?
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    The biggest problem is the dogs... if they see a fledgling on the ground it's a gonner. These chicks are just too weak to leave the nest. I will look at relocating the nest box after this clutch has left... I can't now as the mum is still bringing food.

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    The Hoopoes are great, one of my favourites.

    Well the small Dragon Fruit patch i put in with Mrs Toots' dearly departed Dad is starting to produce. We planted only Red Dragon Fruit.

    What's in your garden?-dragon1-jpg

    What's in your garden?-dragon2-jpg

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    What's in your garden?-toad2-jpg

    Went outside and slipped on my shoes. One didn't slip on. Gave it a shake and this fellow dropped out. Seemed okay despite my having kicked him in the head.
    It could have been worse, the gf is always telling me to check my shoes before putting my feet inside. Last week she trod on a scorpion. Apparently that hurts a bit.

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    What's in your garden?-scorpion3-jpg

    Talk of the devil. Went out this afternoon and this guy was scuttling towards the shoe rack.
    An imperfect specimen, I am sorry to say that I whacked it first and took a picture later.
    This is the first one of these that I have seen. The gf was bitten by one of those big, black scorpions, which are not as bad as they look, they just hurt for a day or so. She says this one is venomous and gives a bad sting.

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    ^ We get both types and I've also been told that the sting from the small brown ones is much worse than from the big black ones.

    Regardless, I don't like to kill them but they all go over the wall into the neighbour's garden... it's a long story.

    Scorpions fluoresce under ultra violet light, and if you get yourself an ultra violet torch they are very easy to find at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Scorpions fluoresce under ultra violet light, and if you get yourself an ultra violet torch they are very easy to find at night.
    I did not know that. I shall be sourcing an ultraviolet lamp for the gf at the earliest opportunity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    The Hoopoes are great, one of my favourites.

    Well the small Dragon Fruit patch i put in with Mrs Toots' dearly departed Dad is starting to produce. We planted only Red Dragon Fruit.

    What's in your garden?-dragon1-jpg

    What's in your garden?-dragon2-jpg
    Nice Dragon Fruit plant , I want to grow one as soon as I get there. I love dragon fruit!! here in the US they are about $5 each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    I did not know that. I shall be sourcing an ultraviolet lamp for the gf at the earliest opportunity.
    Here ya go... I've posted this before, but anyway...




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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    ^ We get both types and I've also been told that the sting from the small brown ones is much worse than from the big black ones.

    Regardless, I don't like to kill them but they all go over the wall into the neighbour's garden... it's a long story.

    Scorpions fluoresce under ultra violet light, and if you get yourself an ultra violet torch they are very easy to find at night.

    The larger black variety are not as toxic - bit of a sting and start.

    The smaller reddish/brown type [there are a few] and the almost golden coloured kind have are quite nasty -
    Reactions will vary - dependent on individual and number of stings.

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    The small brown ones are the worst - i got stung my one in my shoe and it struck 3 times it was about 1 1/2" - was like having a red hot needle stuck in you that kept burning for about two hours. Lesson learnt.

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    I bellowed so loudly a woman from across the street came to see if i was OK, and saw me hopping around on one leg clutching my foot - i think she thought is was some farang dance.

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    I find such a black one at the bottom of swimming pool every morning after a heavy rain. What makes him desperate to commit a suicide when having to climb over a socket 20 cm high?

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    I once pulled a 'dead' brown scorpion out from the bottom of our pool. It was lifeless and floppy so I poked around it a bit with my fingers then left it in a bucket to show my daughter after school.

    A few hours later when we looked at it, it had come back to life and was crawling around. These things are virtually indestructable... you've gotta be careful!

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    The dogs started barking this morning, so I went down to investigate.

    This little bugger had set them off!



    I think it's what they call a rice paddy terrapin... the same as those poor, half dead creatures you see stacked up and crammed in dry buckets in baking hot markets, waiting for someone to make merit by buying them and setting them free. That's Buddhism round this way for you.

    Anyway, I put this one down by the pond but he was in no hurry to come out!


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    We keep chickens and last month three had been broody for so long I decided to put eggs under them.

    Everywhere says 21 days to incubate a chicken egg, but every single time we've hatched eggs in Thailand it has taken 18 to 19 days... maybe the additional heat and humidity?

    Today was bang on 18 days, so I checked the eggs.

    The first two nests had one egg each with a chick just starting to hatch... these went straight back under the mums. You have to be careful to put the eggs back in the same attitude as they were originally.





    And the third nest had one chick already!


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    Day 19 and the hatch continues. Exciting stuff... the daughter even left her tablet alone for 15 minutes this morning!

    This egg (first pic above) was in exactly the same status this morning as yesterday... the chick was still tapping away but without making any more progress. I've noticed before that the chicks can get trapped by a white-coloured resistant membrane inside of the shell. I believe this is due to incorrect humidity. There are two schools of thought... leave well alone and let nature take it's course, or give a helping hand. As previously, I split the membrane with a toothpick to help the chick on it's way. This one should now be hatched in an hour or so.

    You can see the egg tooth on the tip of the beak. This will disappear in a few days.



    And 'Goldie' already has two chicks, one just hatched and still bedraggled.



    Three broody mums were given four eggs each, so two or three chicks each are expected. We have one jungle fowl cockerel running with about 45 hens, which is a bit of a high ratio to ensure all eggs are fertile. To be honest I think that I'd struggle with that every day.

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    And today here's the chick I helped out of it's egg yesterday with a toothpick.



    The three broody mums have two chicks each. Half the eggs didn't hatch so it seems that Robin Hood (our cockerel) isn't doing his job. But on the other hand we're getting overrun with chickens so this is a good result.


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    Once the hatch is over the mothers get restless so I open up the hutches to let them out. Here is Blackie coaxing her two chicks out into the big wide world.



    The other residents are fascinated by this and soon congregate to watch. It was strange, out of the three clutches, only the brown eggs (from the red egg-laying hens) hatched. None of the small white eggs from the wild hens hatched, and all were just rotten inside suggesting that they weren't fertile. It seems that our cockerel only likes to service the red heads!

    So a couple of these red hens may in fact be looking at their own progeny without realising it.


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