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Baby birds 'thrill' residents at Christina Place

Nina McLachlan visits with a few of her new roommates. - Sarah Massah photo
Nina McLachlan visits with a few of her new roommates.
— image credit: Sarah Massah photo

The unexpected arrival of five baby birds at Christina Place has residents flocking to Nina McLachlan’s suite to sneak a peek.

The nonagenarian and animal lover – who, along with other residents, completed a wall mural depicting a wildlife scene last year – discovered the five little eggs, the size of pistachios, just over two weeks ago.

Since they hatched, more than 30 visitors have come from Christina Place and Ocean View Care Home to see the birds, who have been living in a nest box, McLachlan noted.

“They were so thrilled. It’s given me a lot of pleasure to share the experience with them.”

And while the baby birds were a welcome surprise, it was a bit of a shock for McLachlan, who had thought both her budgies were male.

“I told (recreation co-ordinator Sioban Cussen) that it must have been the first time there has been a birth at a retirement home,” McLachlan laughed.

“I have raised birds before, but I never intended to raise them here. I just wanted some company.”

Under her care, all five eggs have hatched, with the chicks ranging in age from one week to three weeks.

McLachlan said that she plans on taking care of the five budgies until they are grown, then she will decide whether to give them away or sell them back to the pet store from where she purchased her two birds.

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