This month has been a very busy one for us at Hallswood, with several building jobs going on and many animals coming in. Our new utility shed is in the process of being built and should be finished soon. This means we will have plenty of much-needed storage space at the sanctuary for things like feeds, bowls and towels!
The ‘bachelor pad’ complex for the male rabbits is nearly complete as well, and one of the original aviaries that has been there for 22 years has now been dismantled for our fancy new squirrel aviary.
At the start of the month, Lyz had some much needed time off work, which meant me looking after the sanctuary for 4 days. It was exhausting! Lyz has a very busy life, but all went smoothly, although I did spend 2 evenings until 1am cleaning out hedgehogs to kill time before needing to feed the baby deer that is being hand reared. It was amazing looking after the little baby who is still with us and doing well. The unglamorous part of handrearing is the fact that when you feed them the milk from the bottle they also need to be stimulated to wee and poo, so I spent lots of the time with hands covered in pee!
We had a fantastic fund raiser at Hellesdon high school where we managed to raise just shy of £1800! Thank you to everyone who helped make that possible!
And a big shout out to Connie pig, this was her first time out at a fundraising event and she did an amazing job especially considering the snow! She was very happy sitting and standing for her favourite biscuits, custard creams!
We are now preparing for baby bird season. Over spring and summer, we care for many baby birds most of which need hand rearing. Excited to be a bird mummy again!