September 20, 2008
It has been very busy at the sanctuary.
We had Princess and Dutch join us, two Muscovy ducks
(they came separately within a day of each other). They
are both very sweet and shy. Dutch is in LOVE with
Princess, but this love frightens here, so we finally
got around to putting up the dividing door in the
quarantine pen. The two are now getting to know each
other through the fence. Dutch is so protective of her.
When I go in to clean the pen twice a day, he makes his
boy noises the whole time. He is too sweet to do
anything more though.
Neo has also come to our sanctuary. Poor
little guy had a huge crop when he showed up, so I began
grinding his Mazuri food in the Cuisinart. I feed him a
cup every hour to hour and a half. The powdered food
moves through his crop into his gizzard much smoother
and he is doing much better. When he came so much food
was in his crop that he was blocked up and actually
starving. He is off balance, so we had an x-ray done the
day after he came to be sure we weren't dealing with
hardware disease. Fortunately the x-ray came up negative
for metal. Our vet is on vacation, but Neo goes to see
him on Monday for a thorough exam to figure out why his
crop isn't working right. Also, the poor guy has NO
QUACK. His bill moves and you can hear him trying
to quack, but no noise comes out. It is the saddest
thing... a duck with no quack... Poor baby.
I ordered a special $80 automatic feeder
for him last week. I found it on PetFrenzy.com and it
actually said "good for ducks" on the website, which I
thought was fantastic and had to comment on when we
placed the order. PetFrenzy emailed me that they were
going to donate the more efficient $170 automatic feeder
for Neo. Isn't that amazing?! It came via UPS yesterday
and Tony is working on the installation of it now. It
will release a measured amount of food up to 8 times per
Today a couple visitors came. One
is a rescuer and she has been trying to find a place to
bring a Pekin in her area with leg issues and an eye
infection. I told her to bring him here. So he is
expected to arrive next Saturday.
Newcomer scheduled to arrive next
Rosella's new family is coming to adopt
her tomorrow. So many wonderful people coming to visit!
Rosella enjoying the pond
Mac the goose is letting us pet him now,
proof that hormones are on the fall for Fall. Winston
and Mr. Pearl are getting along and finally sharing a
pen again and my boys Jeffrey and Matthew are together
We have stopped sanctuary building
projects in order to build our dog Foxy her new pen
behind our house. That should be done tomorrow, which
means we can go back to working on Louisville. We have
to build the bridge from Abby's Goose Run to Louisville
and then run electricity out to the pen. Then we need to
add to the Aquaduct, so Louisville will have running
water. We plan to get this all done this Fall, so
Louisville will be ready for Winter rescues.
We are now in our busiest rescue season.
From now until December, we will be getting lots of
emails. We have someone trying to catch a duck and
someone else trying to catch a goose. They are next to
come in on our waiting list.
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