No of course they don’t, but if anyone asks they got new aviaries, a new weathering and went to a few parties. Yes, new aviaries and parties! In between getting ready for Christmas and looking after my husband, who broke his hand at work and then a week before the feast day had a bone shaping operation on his foot [very painful and on crutches for a while yet], the new aviaries were finished enough for the two big owls to move into!
It was hard work in the cold, wind and rain but with the help of some amazing friends – especially the man with the larch! – we finished on the 23rd and Victor and BB were in their bigger, stronger and most importantly drier homes.
We already had a lot of the materials and the steel roofing sheets and larch made it all good and solid. The final push on the 23rd saw Pete, my son Cameron and me in the pouring rain taking out crucial panels from the old aviaries to put into the new. The owls were put onto bow perches and it was a matter of having to finish or they would have no where to go that night. The final netting was stapled by the light of the mobile phone – but we did it!!
Still need to get a load of gravel on BB’s floor [I have a ton of pea gravel at the bottom of the field to bring up via wheelbarrow as its so muddy!] and after a bit more trim and a lick of paint they will be done. BB is now in residence in a 12×12 foot space and Victor has a 6x12foot area. Both have rope swings and plenty of room to spread their wings. Both also seem much happier, more animated and alert – my Xmas present 🙂
Then the following Monday we had another building day and an amazing weathering shelter was built from another old fence panel and the skillful hands of Owen – with Cameron helping too. Meanwhile Trace and I moved gravel [again/still] and took more of the old down. Now Peanut and Whisper will have somewhere to perch out of the wind at the farm – it is really taking shape.
Ideal – and it has handles so I can move it 🙂
So that’s the new builds, big owls all secure and safe from the wild wind and rain.
I will tell you about the owl Xmas parties next time; here is a selfie from Peanut for now – belated Merry Xmas and Happy New Year everyone!!