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Old Sunday 16th April 2017, 05:26   #1
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HELP found a sickly Scops Owl!

Hi guys, so I work on a ship currently in East Asia and we discovered a Scops Owl on board. I believe it is a Ryukyu Scops but not certain. The problem is we have nothing on board to feed the little fella, so far we have been giving him raw beef and chicken but would like to keep him alive until we get back near land and can release him. Any suggestions?
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Any moths attracted to the ship's lights at night?
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Old Sunday 16th April 2017, 11:09   #3
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Hi Jon, thanks for your reply. Unfortunately we are too far from land at the moment, around 600 miles, so looks like nothing is coming out this far.
I will set a few bug traps though because you never know, right?
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Change course! 600 miles does sound a bit far for moths and insects!
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I see no prob with small pieces of meat, that should keep him going?


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Old Sunday 16th April 2017, 16:52   #6
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I see no prob with small pieces of meat, that should keep him going?
Agree, raw beef and chicken should keep it healthy enough until you can provide a more natural diet.
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What it's going to lack is 'roughage' - indigestible stuff that it uses in natural circumstances to bind up pellets, but also contains some nutrients not found in muscle meat. If the chicken has any bits with skin and a few down feathers on, feed it those. Maybe also a few small bone fragments (e.g. chop up the slender bone of a drumstick).

Also if there's any mice on the ship, catch them for whole food. But only if you can guarantee no rodenticide is being used onboard.
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Old Thursday 20th April 2017, 22:13   #8
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Hi guys, so I work on a ship currently in East Asia and we discovered a Scops Owl on board. I believe it is a Ryukyu Scops but not certain. The problem is we have nothing on board to feed the little fella, so far we have been giving him raw beef and chicken but would like to keep him alive until we get back near land and can release him. Any suggestions?
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You should be OK feeding the raw beef and chicken as long as it doesn't contain any preservatives or any other additives. Owls are less able to dissolve bones and pellets often contain near complete skeletons. I would say you're doing everything you can under the circumstances.

If the owl stops eating you might have to give it fresh water to re-hydrate it, if it's eating then it should gain enough fluid, you could try putting a bowl of water into wherever you're keeping the bird in case the food is too dry.
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I believe raw beef and chicken will keep it going until you can switch out it's diet.
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I believe raw beef and chicken will keep it going until you can switch out it's diet.
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