Help! Birds!

Hello Spriggers

We’ve recently painted our house and these charming little birds have taken to sitting on the drainpipes and watching us have our breakfast. Unfortunately, there droppings are not so charming and have ruined our paintwork.

Is there any friendly way to discourage them?


bird food

Should we be keeping our own chickens?

Garden chicken. By salssa
Garden chicken. By salssa

I’ve got a pathological fear of non-free range eggs. Even if someone buys them accidentally, I still can’t force myself to eat them … my boyfriend and ex-housemate can attest to this 😉

I also realise that while free-range is better, the chickens are still crammed into pens and don’t lead a natural life. The best solution seems to be raising them yourself. And its a trend that’s taking off around the world, with my neighbour recently installing a coop and a couple of chicks.

There is an interesting article at The Guardian on the pros and cons of this trend, and what it actually takes to be an at-home farmer.

Billy, seven, brings me a book. “Have you seen this?” It is a well-worn copy of Keeping Chickens, with colour photos and illustrations on every page, several of them featuring attractive children shot against beautiful blue skies. On the table in the open-plan living space of his north London family home, the book falls open on a chapter headed “What to consider”.

“Ask yourself whether you are interested in keeping chickens for profit, self-sufficiency, or purely for pleasure,” go the instructions, before advising readers to check with neighbours and the local authority before going ahead. If bylaws don’t allow chickens in the garden, “think about moving house”.


Read the full article …

aliens bird

Indian Mynas!

HALLO DAAR. Jammer ek kan nie in Engels skryf nie, ek is te ontsteld. Ek bly in die Vrystaat, sien. Hier het ‘n Indiese spreeu in my swaeltjie nes ingetrek. Gee asb dringend raad. Hoe kry ek hom uit en weg. asb liewer weg?!
Lets try the English. On my front stoop there’s a nest where the swallows nest every year. Mostly their nest falls down after a storm , or so I thought. But this year I saw some Indian Myna birds in the trees in front of the stoop. Now the swallow nest is taken over by the Myna’s and the opening enlarged. Can anybody please help me to get rid of the parasite?
Alida van Wyk
bird garden

The fighting birds

We were down at the beachfront today and this pair of mynah birds was fighting another pair of mynah birds. Is this strange behaviour for these birds?

They didn’t even care that a crowd had gathered to watch them!


bird environment sustainability

Bird park in danger

The Hout Bay Wildlife Sanctuary World of Birds is on the verge of closing its doors. The facility is the largest bird park in Africa and has been welcoming visitors for nearly four decades. However, financial constraints may force management to shut its doors.

World of Birds spokesperson, Walter Mengold, said over the years they became more than a park, but a sanctuary for stray and injured animals. “The people brought us at times up to 200 birds and animals in need of help every month. Second they brought baby birds that people found next to the road,” he said. You can support them here.

Source, Eyewitness