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The Month in Photos!
Winston & Mr. Pearl playing around
chat over tea...
Tutter tests the integrity of the fence!
Salvadore splashes "Uncle" Lew!
When "fowl play" rears its ugly head, three brave youngsters risk
everything to save their best pal: a web-footed wonder from Down
Jeremy and Isabel are overjoyed to discover that their beloved pet
duck will soon become a mother, but when she mysteriously
disappears, leaving a nest full of unprotected eggs, all clues point
to Wolf and Tony, a pair of scoundrels whose traveling nature show
is a cover for their illegal bird-napping/smuggling operation.
Now it's up to
the kids to rescue their "ab-duck-ted" friend and put a stop to the
crooks' dastardly plans!
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Message From The
Looking back, it is hard to
believe how far we’ve come in such a short period of time. Since
our inception in the fall of 2004 we have welcomed nearly 100
birds into our sanctuary. In addition to the waterfowl we’ve
directly assisted here, we have helped many more that were
outside of our reach by providing guidance and direction to
their rescuers. We’d like to thank each and every one of you who
have rolled up your sleeves, put on your muck boots and learned
how to catch a duck (or goose!) abandoned in your own area. It’s
not always easy, but as you now know, it is very rewarding to
save a life.
In the past year we have
fielded nearly a thousand questions ranging from basic care to
serious medical emergencies. We have distributed a monthly
informational newsletter to flock owners around the world. We
pride ourselves on teaching proper care of domestic waterfowl,
proving an invaluable resource to pet owners.
We have added a new pen to
our grounds and have laid out plans for two more. We have
successfully transformed these predator proof pens into cozy
habitats. Small trees now provide shade in every pen. Aquatic
plants and fish add an element of nature and serenity. Those few
pens without running water are cooled by a camouflaged misting
system that runs on a steady timer. Electricity has been
installed, reaching out to every pen, enabling us to remove
unsightly extension cords from our pens while keeping pumps
running in summer and drinking water warm during winter.
We have secured grants and
matched donations from companies like Aetna, UTC, Pfizer and
Verizon, and we would like to thank those of you at these
companies who have donated and helped us participate in these
programs. We have received our first grant thanks to the
thoughtfulness of Dr. Poster--THANK YOU! We also have a new
volunteer onboard who is helping us apply for grants to obtain a
small excavator, which will greatly increase our expansion
We'd like to extend a very
special thank you to Dr. Melgey & his staff at All Friends
Animal Hospital in Norwich CT for their continued generosity and
support. They have helped us make a difference in the lives of
so many ducks and geese.
This year we also received
a kayak donation, which has already enabled us to rescue
abandoned waterfowl and bring them safely into our sanctuary.
The year ahead is a
promising one, for us and for the waterfowl who need us, and we
have all of you to thank for that.
An abscess can be difficult to spot on a
duck or goose as they tend to be hidden beneath feathers.
Behavioral changes are an indicator to pick up your bird and
give them a precursory medical exam. Have a look and feel around
to make sure all is as it should be.
An abscess may become noticeable as it
grows, making an area of pink skin suddenly viewable. They can
get very large, sometimes as large as an egg—and they can even
feel as hard as an egg.
If your duck or goose has a large
swollen area you must bring it to the vet immediately for
draining. Vets will often use a syringe to drain out the fluids
out and prescribe a few weeks of antibiotics (22 mg Baytril,
once daily) until it is completely healed and gone. Multiple
visits may be necessary to remove fluids. The liquid drawn from
the area should be clear to slightly yellow. If the liquid is
yellow, thick or creamy in consistency it is a warning sign of
A drain may need to be inserted, but
this is normally reserved as a last resort (or in the case of
serious infection) since ducks and geese are meticulous preeners
and may pluck out the drain tube causing further problems.
An abscess can be caused by a scrape or
bite that has become infected. You will want your vet to
identify the cause, if possible, so you can properly address the
issue. Either something in your pen is poking your duck and
putting them at risk, or something is nipping at your feathered
If an abscess breaks open, emergency vet
care will be needed. If it is after hours, do not wait until
morning to call your vet. The area will need to be flushed and
drained, antibiotics will be needed and stitching will be
required. In some cases, a drain tube may need to be stitched
into the area for a short period and then removed later. If an
abscess bursts, your bird will need to be placed in a very clean
pen out of reach of the remaining flock—to avoid any of the
others causing further damage to the area.
Waterfowl of the
Stanley is a wonderful boy in need of a new home. He has been
with us for a long time. Croc has one eye that was poked in
before he was rescued and brought to our sanctuary. It only
requires an occasional application of antibiotic ointment, which
he is very accustomed to.
Croc is a
strong alpha drake and would love to go to a home with a few
nice hens. He does well with smaller drakes (like Riddles &
Joker) who respect his authority without challenge.
shy, but allows limited petting from the people he is used to
and who care for him everyday, provided you stay in his line of
If you are a loving
family and have a predator proof pen, please consider adopting
Crocodile Stanley! Click here to fill out our
If you can’t adopt
this handsome boy, please consider sponsoring him by visiting our