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    Default Starling chick found dead in fold of sunlounger.

    Well I am absolutely mortified. I came down this morning to find a starling chick dead, hung by itís neck in the fold of the sun lounger chair that was folded shut. How it got itself in there is a mystery but just wanted to warn people it can happen.

    Pretty much riuned my day as very depressed about it as well as angry at myself

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    Perhaps he was dead before he got there Marb...another bird may have dropped it after stealing him from the nest, weak anyway, poorly for some other reason. Loads die in the early days . Chin up, no point beating yourself up over it, we can't keep everything safe.
    I think open water butts are one of the main hazards, I've also stopped using pea netting. One year I couldn't find a turkey while putting them to bed and she had go tangled in some. I didn't find her until the following morning the net was so tight I had trouble cutting it off her. Luckily she was unharmed but I won't ever use that stuff again.

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    Same here about the netting...blackbirds, hedgehogs, toads......once one of my chooks...fleece or fine net curtains for me from now on -I can imagine how you must feel marb, but as Scarlet says, maybe another predator dropped it in there accidentally?
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    No it had def hung itself as all feathers from neck were gone, neck red raw. It was stuck fast. Gutted.
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    Aww....very sad.
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    I appreciate the comments. Just very sensitive to things, especially all creatures. I can't even leave a stray worm on a footpath without rescuing it from possible death. Just in my nature.

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    That's very sad.

    My Mum used to put netting across her ponds in Autumn, to stop leaves dropping in the water. Then, one morning, she found an owl that had got tangled up in the netting overnight and drowned. She was devastated. It's been almost twenty years and it still upsets her to think about it now. She hasn't netted her ponds since.

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    When my boys were about 10, on of them lost his kite in the garden it got tangled in the over head wires on the lane opposite.... to high up to rescue. The next morning we found an owl tangled up in it, to high to reach, even with ladders. We used ladders and a few others means to get hold of it , cut him free and after a day in a quiet box near the Aga with some meal worms set him free under a tree. I'm sure he stayed for a few years.
    Accidents happen.
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