to feed a baby Magpie

To: "'Beth Symonds'" <>, "'Mike Carter'" <>
Subject: to feed a baby Magpie
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 13:41:00 +0930
Now that's what I call TLC. Can I come round for some Beth ?

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Beth Symonds
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2007 1:32 PM
To: Mike Carter
Cc: Arron Wilpour; 
Subject: to feed a baby Magpie

Hi Arron,

It might be worth putting the chick in a "nest" (empty ice cream
container or box, lined with paper) up somewhere high, just in case the
parents are still around.  Very often, once they think you've left, they
will come down and encourage the young one to climb back up the nest
tree (or one nearby).

If that doesn't work and you want to raise the baby, then you can feed
it a few things:

- soak dog biscuits in water and feed it a few every so often (this will
keep it hydrated as well as food)
- buy Wombaroo's Insectivore mix, and mix this into some mince, along
with a whole egg (shell and all - for the calcium)

I have raised a baby magpie (Magnus) and he was an absolute joy.  He
used to lie upside down on my lab while I stroked his feathers, would
soak himself under the garden sprinkler and then knock on the back door
for me to let him in and blow dry him with my hair dryer!

Good luck!

Beth Symonds


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