Apples Apples are one of the mainstays for feeding the flying foxes. Cyclones anywhere down the coast of Queensland can close the main highways making it difficult to get apples through. We have a generator that can run the cold room at those times. Our busiest time of year with hundreds of extra orphan mouths to feed is unfortunately at the time of year when the new season apples have not yet begun, making prices high and availability short.
Bananas We have 2 banana farms that donate fruit they cannot sell. The bananas arrive green by the trailer load. We spray 50 – 100kgs at a time with ethrel to ripen them. This process works well for us as it leaves us in control of the ripening process. They take about 7 days to ripen, less if it’s hot weather. They are fed to the bats as banana smoothie as well as fresh bananas that can be licked from feeder baskets. Large cyclones occasionally severely damage many of the local banana farms, making supply very difficult.
Other Fortunately we live in a large agricultural area for bananas, but the apples need to come up from Stanthorpe about 2000 kms away. Other locally-grown fruits we obtain for the flying-foxes are watermelons, mangos, black sapote, rockmelon, mandarins etc
We rely heavily on our cold room to buy fruit in bulk and store safely. Cyclones have leave us without power for up to 2 weeks so we rely on a generator at these times.