Housing for the Flamingos of the Scottish Borders.

by owenjoiner in Oxton, Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale, Scotland

We have flamingo chicks in the Baby Barn! The next step is to build them a Flamingo House to care for around sixty adult flamingos.

by owenjoiner in Oxton, Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale, Scotland


raised of £8,000 target


7% 14 days left
This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by November 6th 2018 at 7:53pm

Firstly, a huge thank you to the 111 people who pledged in our 2016 Crowdfunder helping us raise money to build a Flamingo Rearing Facility. Your support was fantastic and the Baby Barn is now in full operation providing adorable fluffball flamingo chicks with the perfect place to be raised. The Baby Barn will also be used to rear chicks of endangered ducks and geese, and grouse including the infamous capercaillie.

This year, ten eggs arrived and nine flaminglings are growing well: thanks to your help!

Photo: One day old flaminglings resting after their epic two day hatch into the world (left). Five day old chicks enjoying their first paddle (right).

The next stage for the Chilean flamingos is to build a purpose built house to protect them from summer heat, ice and winter winds. 

Here is an opportunity to make a real difference in flamingo conservation. Chilean flamingos breed late in the year which means there isn't enough day-length for the skin to generate vitamin D from sunlight, which is vital for strong bone growth. 

Photos: Three week old (left) and eight week old (right) flaminglings catching some rays for strong bone growth.

Chicks hatching when the days are shortening don't get enough sunlight to develop strong bones. A flamingo with weak or bendy bones won't survive. Rearing these chicks in the Baby Barn through the dark winter under artificial conditions gives these late laid eggs a chance.

At every opportunity the flaminglings are taken out for a stroll to exercise their legs and catch some sunshine.

Everybody is welcome to come and see the flaminglings and to join us in celebrating their journey into adulthood.

Photo: four - six week old flaminglings enjoying the view from the Baby Barn.

We hope to take on late eggs for many years, providing them with all the care and time-consuming feeds that are required to grow successfully. The youngsters will be released onto the lake in the spring. The house and the lake have enough space for around sixty flamingos. After we have reared sixty flamingos we will continue to take late eggs and rear them to help other flamingo flocks. If a flock has less than forty birds it won't breed and will need some juveniles to boost their numbers and therefore their confidence. Helping other flamingo flocks is something we are in a position to do.

This Crowdfunder will hopefully buy the materials needed to build the flamingo house. 

There are no labour costs as we can do the build with the help of our wonderful volunteers. 

Photo: scanned image of the flamingo house front view and plan. We also have Planning consent.

The flamingo house will be in a big walk-through aviary allowing people to be in with the birds and enjoy watching them fly and to enjoy their other intriguing natural behaviours. Putting a netted roof over the lake will also protect the eggs of these birds when they breed in the future; and allow the ducks and other birds on the lake to rear their chicks in safety. It'll be amazing to see. 

Thank you for reading.

Photo: three day old flamingling chilling out, letting one of its many feeds go down.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£500 or more

0 of 9 claimed

Name one of the flaminglings!

Unique opportunity to name a flamingo. This House Name will be entered into the global animal database. Character briefs: (colour describes current leg tag) Black - majestic, elegant, kind. White - demanding, needs cuddles. No tag - gentle giant, kind. Red - angry, softening with age. Green - petite, elegant, quiet. Yellow - goofy, clumsy. Blue - sneaky, wise, elegant. Dbl Yellow - cheeky, quick, clever. Dbl Green - sweet, charming

£10 or more

Nuts and bolts

Few buildings will stand without the nuts and bolts. £10 helps to lock all the bits together to form the flamingo house and to keep it standing. Thank you very much.

£20 or more

Foundation works

A wonderful contribution towards the foundations on which every flamingo house needs to stand. Blocks and cement pave the way for the house to be built.

£30 or more

Building blocks!

£30 pays for a sheet of roofing material or a section of wall. This is a brilliant contribution, as it represents the building blocks of the flamingo house.

£50 or more

Visit Bird Gardens Scotland for a personal tour

Please come for a guided walk around the grounds. We'd love to show you the flaminglings and all the other fantastic birds and animals we work with.

£100 or more

Flamingo tickles

Flamingo tickles are the best kind. We would love to introduce you to the flaminglings and hope you'd enjoy a flamingo session with us. A great chance for you to get to know them and to ask all the questions you want to. We would also like to include your name, if you wish, on the Flamingo House plaque as made and donated by Mark Haillay, Oxton Pottery.

£200 or more

Be moved: take a stroll with the flamingos

Join us on a flamingo-walk: meet the birds and accompany us as we take a delightful stroll through the grounds with the flaminglings! We would also like to recognise your amazing contribution by naming you, if you wish, on the flamingo house itself on a plaque donated by Mark Haillay, Oxton Pottery.

£1,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

The floor. And, the netted protective roof.

Flamingos have delicate feet, so appropriate flooring is paramount to the health of their feet and their general wellbeing. The netted roof allows them to fly and protects eggs and chicks from predators. In thanks, you would be welcome to bring your family to meet the flamingos, to have a guided tour of all our projects and have your name, on the sponsors plaque, if you wish, on the flamingo house.

Let's make 'Housing for the Flamingos of the Scottish Borders.' happen

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