The Majestic Monthly


Issue 23: November 2006

In This Issue...


Virkon S Disinfectant




Get to Know Your Predators: Bobcat


Recommended Reading:
Why Ducks Do That


Reader Poll #23

Get to Know Your Predators: Bobcat

A relative of ours recently discovered a bobcat in their yard, local to CT in the neighboring town of Franklin. Beware! (See photo below)

Bobcats can be anywhere from fifteen to thirty pounds (males 20-30 pounds, females 15-25 pounds) and can jump up as high as twelve feet. Bobcats are solitary animals who, like the fox, are very adaptable and can live in very close proximity with humans without being detected. If you do come in contact with a bobcat, they can be provoked to attack, so use extreme caution.

Motion sensing lights around your duck pen can be helpful, but a large guard dog can be of greater assistance if this predator is a known trouble-maker in your area.

The Month in Photos!

Ali & Chan

Recommended Reading*

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Why Ducks Do That: 40 Distinctive Duck Behaviors Explained & Photographed

By Chuck Petrie

bullet Why do ducks make so many different sounds?
bullet Why do ducks have much keener vision than humans?
bullet Why do different species of ducks have different shapes to their bills?
bullet Why do ducks rest in below-freezing weather on frigid ponds?
bullet Why do ducks waddle when they walk?
bullet Why do ducks have new mates every year, while geese mate for life?
bullet Why do ducks migrate at night
bullet Why do ducks fly in V formation?
bullet Why do ducks molt their feathers and become flightless?
bullet Why do ducks lay such large eggs?
* For our full recommended reading list, click here. If you order from by way of our web site, Majestic receives a portion of the proceeds!

Reader Poll #23

Question: What is a good gift to give a waterfowl lover?

A Waterfowl Book
A Waterfowl Movie
Jewelry (charm, etc.)
Stuffed Animal
Something Else

Voting Has Closed.
Please see next issue for results.

Results of Reader Poll #22

Who won the battle in the Merrie Melodies cartoon Rabbit Seasoning? (Click here for a plot synopsis)

Bugs Bunny 60%
Daffy Duck 20%
Elmer Fudd 20%
It was a Duck-Rabbit Tie 0%
It was a Three-Way Draw 0%

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Virkon S Disinfectant

Virkon S is a broad spectrum disinfectant and ideal for use in your duck and goose pens, houses and barns. It comes in powder form with its own measuring scoop. It dissolves instantly in water, so it is easy to mix up a batch for an instant cleaning solution. It is safe to use around your flock and works very well in quarantine situations.

Label information:



Actinobacillus pleuropneumonia
Bordetella avium
Bordetella bronchiseptica
Campylobacter pyloridis
Clostridium perfringens
Dermatophilus congolensis
Escherichia coli
Fistulous withers (Poll Evil)Haemophilus somnus
Klebsiella pneumoniae
Moraxella bovis (Pink Eye)
Mycobacterium bovis
Mycoplasma gallisepticum
Mycoplasma mycoides
Pasteurella multocida
Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Pseudomonas mallei (Glanders)
Pseudomonas vulgaris
Salmonella choleraesuis
Salmonella typhimurium
Staphylococcus aureus
Staphylococcus epidermidis
Streptococcus equi (Strangles)
Streptococcus pyogenes
Streptococcus suis
Taylorella equigenitalis
Treponema hyodysenteriae


Adenovirus Pneumonia
African Horse Sickness Virus
African Swine Fever Virus
Avian Influenza Virus
Avian Laryngotracheitis Virus
Bovine Adenovirus Type 4
Bovine Polyoma Virus
Bovine Pseudocowpox Virus
Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus
Calf Rotavirus
Canine Adenovirus
Canine Coronavirus
Canine Parainfluenza Virus
Canine Parvovirus
Chicken Anemia Virus
Coital Exantherma Virus
Distemper Virus
Duck Adenovirus
Duck Enteritis Virus
Egg Drop Syndrome Adenovirus
Equine Infectious Anemia Virus (SwampFever)
Equine Arteritis Virus
Equine Herpes Virus (Type 1)
Herpes Virus Equine (Type 3)
Hog Cholera Virus
Equine Contagious Abortion Virus
Equine Papillomatosis Virus
Equine Influenza Virus (Type A)
Equine Influenza Virus (The Cough)
Feline Calicivirus
Feline Herpes Virus
Feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus
Feline Panleukopenia Virus
Feline Parvovirus
Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus
Foot and Mouth Disease Virus
Infectious Bronchitis Virus
Infectious Bursal Disease Virus
Infectious Canine Hepatitis Virus
Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis Virus
Infectious Salmon Anaemia Virus
Infective Bovine Rhinotracheitis Virus
Leptospira Canicola Virus
Maedi- Visna Virus
Marekís Disease Virus
Newcastle Disease Virus
PCV2 Virus (PMWS)
Porcine Parvovirus
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory
Syndrome Virus (PRRS)
Pseudorabies Virus (Aujeskyís Disease)
Rotaviral Diarrhea Virus
Snakehead rhabdovirus
SV40 Virus
Swine Influenza Virus
Transmissible Gastroenteritis Virus (TGE)
Turkey Herpes Virus
Turkey Rhinotracheitis Virus
Vesicular Stomatitis Virus


Aspergillus fumigatus
Candida albicans
Fusarium moniliforme
Microsporum canis
Trichophyton spp. (Ringworm)
Trichophyton spp. (Mud Fever)


Alternaria solani
Botrytis cinera
Colletotrichum coccodes
Didymella bryoniae
Fusarium oxysporum
Fusarium solani
Penicillium oxalicum
Phomopsis sclerotioides
Pyrenochaeta lycoopersici
Pythium aphanidermatium
Rhizoctonia solani
Sclerotinia sclerotiorum
Thielaviopsis basicola
Verticillium dahliae


It is not uncommon to turn over wet hay and discovery a bluish-white mold growing underneath, especially in humid seasons. Clear your ducks out of the area, ensure proper ventilation if youíre indoors, and then thoroughly clean the location. Disposable face masks (painterís mask) are commonly viewed ineffective against the tiny mold spores, but they certainly canít hurt. Be more careful going forward to ensure wet hay is removed promptly and bedding is kept dry.

Avoid using mulch or wood chips in your pens because as these items naturally decay, they can lead to the growth of Aspergillus fungus right in your duck pen.

If you discover this Aspergillus mold growing in your duckís food source, immediately discard all of the food, thoroughly clean, safely disinfect and thoroughly dry contaminated containers.

Symptoms of Aspergillus may not be readily apparent in your effected duck until the fungus has actively invaded their lungs. Respiratory issues, lethargy and fever are some common symptoms. 

If your ducks succumb to this ailment, anti-fungal prescriptions will need to be administered. Frequent vet visits and follow up x-rays will be needed to closely monitor the healing of their lungs.

Are You At Risk Too?

Although anyone can be at risk, those most susceptible to Farmer's Lung include individuals with compromised immunity systems and the elderly.



       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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