Birds move to quarantine at Moscow Zoo

Nigel: A couple of weeks after leaving the spoon-billed sandpiper chicks in the capable hands of Liz and Roland and heading home, I was getting on a plane again – this time to Moscow. Before we can take the birds back to the UK they need to spend time in quarantine – 30 days in Russia
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We take advantage of a break in the weather

Roland writes: Finally, we had had a day when it hasn’t rained all day and we’ve been able to weigh the birds and give them a general health check Although we had originally planned to move them into two groups forty-eight hours before the move to Moscow zoo, given the sta
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Sad news

On Tuesday morning one of the birds from the third brood was found dead in the corner of its rearing cage. The birds appears to have been in good physical condition and thankfully none of the other birds showing any signs of illness. At this stage we can’t 100% confirm what caused its
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Margel makes friends (eventually) 23 July 2011

Margel moved outside permanently today. We decided to introduce Margel to his/her new friends on a neutral territory.  Margel is so much smaller than the other chicks that we were worried about aggression and bullying. However when we introduced the two other chicks (both from separat
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Margel spends the afternoon in the sun 21 July 2011

Liz writes: Margel spent the afternoon outside in the sun while we Roland and I finished preparing the last outside pen.  This was a good opportunity for Margel to hear the other SBS chicks, hopefully in the next two or three days he will be ready to move outside permanently.  When th
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Welcome Ksenia 20 July 2011

Liza departed this afternoon to be replaced by Ksenia Bibanova, who will help us out until the birds make the journey to Moscow Zoo.  Ksenia works with an early music orchestra – Pratum Integrum in Moscow organising travel, hotels, visas and logistics.  Ksenia was asked to participate
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Goodbye Martin and Nigel, hello Margel! 19 July

Liz writes: Today we said a sad goodbye to Martin and Nige, who have maintained such an amazing sense of humour throughout, and have kept us laughing during our first week here.  I (Liz) feel that I have learned a lot from them both and will be taking a lot of new ideas back for the k
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Finding the right ground for the sandpipers 17 July 2011

Roland writes: Normally this type of aviculture is always carried out in biosecure environments, where disease risk can be prevented through the use of artificial substrates [the surfaces that the birds live and walk on] that can be easily clean and disinfected on a regular basis. Ini
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Concern about the birds’ feet – 16 July 2011

Liz writes on 16 July: The sick chick looked worse this morning, so we have begun trying to force-feed and hydrate it.  It’s not looking good, and gets progressively worse through the day.  Sometimes there is just nothing that we can do to make a difference, and it can be difficult to
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Two young chicks 15 July 2011

Liz writes on 15 JULY: One of the two newly hatched chicks is not thriving like its sibling.  We are struggling to get it to eat, unlike the sibling who is voraciously eating both mosquitoes and foodpellets.  We are trying everything we can think of to get it to eat, and have examined
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