Let’s talk for a second about something that happens
throughout the year. But even more so coming up in a few months. Easter and pet
ducks. We have taken in a few lately from people that did not realize that
ducks do not make good house pets… yes, indoor ducks.
Ducks are messy,
eat a lot, and make noise. They poop a lot and love their water. They have a
varied diet and can not just be fed “bird food”. We see a bunch every
year with what is called “angel wing”.
is caused by improper diet and causes the wings to form misshapen and they
turn at the joint in the wing. This causes the bird to not be able to fly.
Number one food that causes this is bread! Never feed ducks, geese, or other birds
Yes, we will be the
first to admit that baby ducks are adorable. But what happens a lot is people
get these ducks, realize after a couple of months that it was a bad choice,
then they start frantically looking for a place to take their ducks to. You
know all those nonnative ducks you see at your local parks, ponds, etc…
Yep, those cool
looking Muscovy ducks are not native to the US except for three counties in far
south Texas. Everywhere else they are considered invasive. Pet ducks are to
We have been very busy with the rescue over the last 13 months. We took in over 650 animals in 2017 and have already taken in over 215 animals so far in 2018. Our intake numbers are up, but our donations are less than half what they were this time last year. Please consider donating to help care for the animals. We currently have 19 squirrels, 5 opossums, 4 cottontails, a baby fox, 10 birds of prey and over 50 snakes, lizards and amphibians we are caring for, not including all the education animals. We are spending $600 on food for birds of prey every 2-3 months and I just ordered $200 worth of formula for the baby mammals. We are a 501(c)(3) and 100% of the money donated goes directly to animal care.
As always, we thank you for your continued support.
We were very honored, and shocked, to learn that we had been nominated for, and received the 2018 National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association Marlys J. Bulander “Working Together for Wildlife Award” for our work during hurricane Harvey.
Our work during that time would not have been possible without our wonderful friends and supporters. Three trips to south Texas, lots of supplies, lots of late nights working on feeding babies.
A huge thank you goes out to everybody. We could not do what we do without your support!
Well baby season is already in full swing here in Texas. Already getting in squirrels, opossums, and owls. Yesterday we got in a female red phased screech owl and her eggs. She was hit with a chainsaw and could not be saved, all her eggs busted when the tree fell. Please remember that lots of animals use trees and they should be taken down in non breeding season.
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We told y’all it is baby season. We took in this little guy on Tuesday. Baby great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) approx 7-9 days old in this picture. All charts say this is the point they open their eyes. You can still see the egg tooth that is used to break open the egg when they hatch. Home owner found it Saturday and tried getting it back to mom, but unfortunately that did not work out. Was dehydrated and a touch thin when we got it. Recovering well and devouring food. These owls eat a ton of food as they grow. You can also see the pin feathers starting to come in around the beak and the wing edges.
Mario & Brandi Nickerson have dedicated their lives to the care and well being of all of Nature's creatures. Their tireless efforts go a long way to rehabbing various reptiles and many other types of wildlife.