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Issue 197 May

In This Issue:

  Final Photo Contest
  Ribbon Sponsors
  The Dangers of Blue-Kote
  Ultimate Pet Duck/Goose Guidebooks
  Majestic Website Online Form Issues
  Majestic T-Shirts
  Majestic Gift Shop

To Make a Donation, please click here:  Donation

Please Help Today!

Majestic Website Form Issues

We are currently experiencing issues receiving our online website forms. Note: Our Paypal donations are still coming through perfectly!

Our favorite techy helper, Jon, is reviewing changes performed by our webhosting company to try to find the root cause of the problem, so it can be repaired.

In the meantime, if you need to contact us, please Email us directly at:


Interested in adopting Sheena? Email us photos of your pen instead of using our online adoption form and be sure to include a phone number where Kim can reach you.

Majestic T-Shirts

Our new Waterfowl Memorial T-shirts and our classic Muckin' Fun for Everyone t-shirts are now being sold, printed and shipped by LOEA This change means a much bigger chunk of the proceeds are now received by our sanctuary. Thank you so much for all of your help and services, Jenn!

Majestic Gift Shop

Visit our Majestic Gift Shop for some fun Majestic items! Proceeds from the shop benefit our sanctuary!

Lullaby Friends Mug:

Contact Us

Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary
17 Barker Road
Lebanon, CT 06249

Our Newsletter

The Majestic Monthly is published 12 times per year. Previous issues are available in our Archives.

Majestic's FINAL Blue Ribbon Photo Contest is now Underway:  May 1 - 31

Early Bird Special! Photos entered between May 1st - 7th will qualify for this double-the-fun, TWO-FOR-ONE promotion. During this week, you will be able to submit up to TWO photos for a single $5.00 donation!

Remember: Photos and donations must all be received within this time period in order to qualify and, as always, please send your donation and photos through at the same time, so it's easy for us to match everything together.

Our three photo categories this year are:

1. Most Photogenic!
(domestic ducks & geese ONLY)
Enter a great photo of your pet duck or goose!

2. Most Special Effect!
(domestic ducks & geese ONLY)
Enter an interesting photo of your pet duck or goose utilizing any kind of iphone special effect or filter--but remember, in order to win, your pet should be the CENTER OF ATTENTION! Don't distract from them, highlight them!

3. Most Poker Faced!
(ALL pet ducks & geese, domestic Mallards, exotics & ornamentals!)
This category is for any and ALL pet ducks and geese, including domesticated Mallards, ornamentals and exotics! Capture a glimpse of your pet duck or goose in that moment when they look like they are holding an intriguing hand!

Molly, Maggie & Dolly were our 2020 Second Place Ribbon Winners!

Submission Guidelines:

Please read our submission guidelines before entering. It will just take you a moment and, if you follow them, you will save Kim a ton of time by doing it right the first time.

1) All Photo entries MUST be sent to us electronically by Email.

2) If emailing from a computer, ATTACH your photo submissions to your email using the paperclip icon. Do NOT Embed your photos into your email, or we will not be able to transfer them over to our large screen slideshow for our judges review. 

3) Email EACH PHOTO entry SEPARATELY, ONLY 1 PHOTO PER EMAIL! This is extremely important! Failure to do so can result in some of your photos not making it into the slideshow.

4) Specify the CATEGORY in which you want your photo entered in your email's SUBJECT LINE. Not all categories run every year, so be sure you choose one that's running this year. Any entries received without this specification, or with an invalid category listed, will be entered entirely at Kim's discretion.

5) Be sure to include your: Full Name, Complete Shipping Address, and Phone Number with Area Code in the body of your email--Along with the names of all pets featured in the photo.

6) IF THEY LOOK LIKE A MALLARD, YOU NEED TO EXPLAIN! If you're entering a photo of a Rouen, Welsh Harlequin, Saxony, Silver Appleyard, Grey Call, Grey Indian Runner, or Mallard duck you MUST specify their breed in your submission email. When it comes to the coloration of these particular breeds, it's not always easy for our judges to distinguish domestics from their wild cousins. If your duck has confusing plumage and you don't provide this information with your entry, Kim will automatically enter your duck in the "Most Poker Faced" category (which is open to pet Mallards).

7) Entry donations must be sent in USD (USA dollars). You can send your total entry donation in a LUMP SUM using Paypal with a helpful comment like:  "For 6 photo entries submitted by Carter Barsoom."

CONFIRMATION EMAIL:  We will send you a confirmation email once you have been officially entered in the competition. If you don't receive this email within 24 hours of emailing your photos and entry donation to us, please contact us immediately: Email

Speedy was one of our 2020 Third Place Ribbon Winners!


Don't have a duck or goose, but still want to get in on the fun? Ribbon Sponsors can have their name or their business's name (and hyperlink) associated with a prize ribbon.

There are Eleven Ribbon Sponsorships available each year. Your Ribbon Sponsorship will cover the cost of the prize ribbon, shipping it to the Winner as well as a donation to our Majestic rescues (of course!).

This page will be continually updated as Ribbons are Sponsored!


2021 Sponsor-A-Ribbon

Most Photogenic Ribbon Sponsors:

1) Blue 1st Place Ribbon:  $30.00 (TAKEN)
2) Red 2nd Place Ribbon:  $25.00 (TAKEN)
3) White 3rd Place Ribbon:  $20.00 (available)

Most Special Effect Ribbon Sponsors:

1) Blue 1st Place Ribbon:   $30.00 (TAKEN)
2) Red 2nd Place Ribbon:  $25.00 (TAKEN)
3) White 3rd Place Ribbon:  $20.00 (available)

Most Poker Faced Ribbon Sponsors:

1) Blue 1st  Place Ribbon:  $30.00 (TAKEN)
2) Red 2nd Place Ribbon:  $25.00 (TAKEN)
3) White 3rd Place Ribbon:  $20.00 (TAKEN)

Honorable Mention Ribbon Sponsor:

1) Black, Orange & White HM Ribbon:  $30.00 (TAKEN)

President's Pick Ribbon Sponsor:

1) Black & Silver PP Ribbon:  $30.00 (TAKEN)

Sheena's Purple Feathers:  The Dangers of Blue-Kote!

Sheena was surrendered to our sanctuary by her former family after being overmated by her other flock members. In an attempt to discourage others from mating her, they told us that a staff member at Tractor Supply Company told them to purchase Blue-Kote aerosol and apply it to the feathers on the back of Sheena's neck, stating that the bad flavor would discourage other flock members from grabbing ahold of her.

Blue-Kote is a topical ringworm anti-fungal medication for horses. The Warning Label advises against injestion, which is EXACTLY what happens when ducks and geese preen their feathers. This product does NOT prevent any behaviors in ducks (including fighting or over-mating). People who are applying this to their chickens are using it as an off-label home remedy, NOT under vet advice.

Kim spoke directly with a very knowledgeable representative of Dr. Naylor (the company that produces Blue-Kote). She was well-informed and extremely helpful and also quite glad to hear Sheena is doing well in our care.  She agreed that their product should NEVER be used on waterfowl. Her words:  When ducks preen, they ingest harmful ingredients including isopropyl alcohol and urea. These components burn and cause blistering on the tongue. Acriflavine is also a skin irritant, which can cause itching and/or burning. A painful mouth and tongue can easily lead to your pet not wanting to eat or drink afterwards. Dehydration is a real risk after pets ingest this product, which may require vet intervention and the administration of fluids.

As one of our vets also confirmed, the ingestion of Blue-Kote can significantly irritate the tongue, mouth, throat, crop, gizzard and gastrointestinal lining. Dolution of the corrosive contents is needed upon ingestion and depending on the level of injury, rehydration may be required and soft foods may need to be substituted during healing.

The Dr. Naylor company also advised that they have not performed any Blue-Kote tissue studies on birds and has no idea whether eggs are safe to eat, or at what point they become safe to eat (which is another reason it shouldn't be used on chickens either). Although Kim aims to sort through research on each of the ingredients in Blue-Kote at some point, for the time being, we are throwing out all of Sheena's daily eggs.

All of this information has been relayed to Sheena's former family to ensure they do not use this product anymore and to let them know they should not eat any remaining eggs that might be hers.

Do NOT apply Blue-Kote aerosol to your pet ducks or geese! It is absolutely NOT safe and an example of a home remedy gone wrong. In addition, avoid taking medical advice from people who work at supply stores who likely have zero waterfowl health training or experience. If you want medical/care advice, ALWAYS talk to a qualified veterinarian.

The good news is most of the purple is now gone from Sheena's feathers and she's doing great! She goes for a full check-up on May 19th and then will be available for adoption!

Sheena would be an ideal match for a family with only girls, or a family with mutliple girls and only one boy (preferably her size or smaller--as opposed to a jumbo Pekin male). Her family should have the means to divide Sheena from their boy should any over-mating take place. Of course, a predator-proof pen with top cover is also required in order to adopt Sheena.

Sheena is a fun little duck! She comes running over for meal worm treats and has made friends with many ducks at our sanctuary--she's very sociable and quite QUACKY!

Every Momma Duck & Poppa Goose Should Have One (or both!)

For more thorough information on pet ducks and geese, check out The Ultimate Pet Duck Guidebook and The Ultimate Pet Goose Guidebook, which are both available in b&w and color versions on AmazonSmile. Each is over 400 pages and contains hundreds of helpful (and fun!) photos and diagrams.


The Ultimate Pet Goose Guidebook (b&w):  $24.99

The Ultimate Pet Goose Guidebook (color):  $64.99

The Ultimate Pet Duck Guidebook (b&w):  $26.99

The Ultimate Pet Duck Guidebook (color):  $64.99




Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary makes no representation, warranty, or guarantee in connection with any guidance provided on this website. Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility for loss or damage resulting from its use or for the violation of any federal, state or municipal law or regulation with which such guidance may conflict. Any guidance is general in nature. In addition, the assistance of a qualified professional should be enlisted to address any specific circumstances.


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