Chicks in care are growing larger by the day
It has now been four months since three cassowary chicks came into our care at the Cassowary Rehabilitation centre.
The chicks are rapidly growing and now eat around the equivalent of a two gallon bucket of fruit twice a day! Their food intact has nearly doubled in three months.
Fortunately your generous donations have enabled us to purchase a fridge which means we can now buy food in bulk – leading to considerable saving. Thank you.
Our carer Emily has said:
“I just wanted to let you know that the fridge is working wonderfully. I am now able to buy the fruit in bulk which is going to save a good deal of money.
I have worked it out and calculated that I am saving roughly $50 - $70 dollars a week so far on fruit, buying it in bulk rather than in loose quantities each day. Imagine how much I’ll save when the chicks are larger!”
Emily’s resourcefulness has also lead to other savings – she has now secured fgive-away not-quite perfect bananas from a local grower.
After a recent vet check-in we are also adding high quality dog biscuits into their food to provide a higher quality protein source.
After his visit Graham the vet, reported “They are all very bright and alert, doing very usual cassowary behaviour.
“One is growing faster than its sibling so we believe it might be a female. I will be able to confirm this at my next check up”.
Thank you for support in helping us care for these chicks. The southern cassowary is endangered in Australia and its distribution is limited to two small pockets of far north Queensland in the Wet Tropics. We are doing everything we can to increase the cassowary’s chance of survival.
a rare photo - all three chicks standing still