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Issue 55  July 2009

In This Issue:

  Roberta's Leg Up Fundraiser
  Duran Duran... Double Trouble
  Best of Luck, Dr. Melgey
  Pen Building 101
  Duckling Days
  The Ultimate Pet Duck Guide Bk
  The Month in Photos
  Majestic Newcomers
  Majestic Sponsorship
  Recommended Reading

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Sanctuary videos change throughout the month, so keep checking back to see the latest!

The Month in Photos!

"Don't believe a word she says, Elizabeth, I'm a very good boy!"

Pretty ladies under a shade tree

Gulliver preens on shore

Majestic Newcomers

Bonnie "Bonster"

Roberta "Berty"

Bentley... Temporary guest

Big Boy... Temporary guest

Majestic Sponsorship

If you can’t adopt, Now More Than Ever, please consider sponsoring a duck or goose in our care by visiting our sponsorship page.  

Recommended Reading*



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Through spare but dynamic illustrations and minimal text, this small-format volume introduces a gosling raised by a family of woodchucks who teach her "all they thought a youngster should know," including how to dig, swim and avoid hunters.

Much loved by her adoptive family members, the goose is nevertheless sad because she knows she is "different." No one can make her feel better, so she sets off "into the world to see what she could figure out by herself."

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* For our full recommended reading list, click here. If you order from Amazon by way of our website, Majestic receives a portion of the proceeds!

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Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary
17 Barker Road
Lebanon, CT 06249

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

Roberta's Leg Up Fundraiser

The shape of the economy and the over abundance of duckling sales at grain stores this year has severely impacted our number of adoptions. Although our sanctuary is full, we just couldn't say no to this poor girl.

Roberta was found and rescued on a pond and then brought to a vet office where she has remained for the past six weeks. When the vet reached out to us for help, we immediately agreed to welcome her into our sanctuary.

Berty was very happy to see other ducks again and to swim on the pond and sit in the grass and in her bedded kennel at night, but she needs more than this. She can barely put any weight on her severely infected right leg without experiencing pain.

Berty is on strong doses of antibiotics and weekly Adequan shots that cost us nearly $100 a week. Her treatment program will need to be continued for a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks. We understand that times are hard, but we are asking for your help. Donations are down and we need your help assisting this poor girl.

If you make a Donation of $35.00 or more you will be listed under Berty’s Profile as one of her “Leg-Up Supporters." Remember to type "Roberta's Leg Up" in the comments field when donating and thank you for your thoughtfulness.


Duran Duran... Double Trouble

Duran Duran (Rio & Moon) were adopted out last year, but came back to us this year when they became more than their new owner could handle. The boys came back to us with some atrocious manners that had to be broken and this can happen to anyone who lets their geese rule the roost.

It is very important when keeping geese as pets that you remain the alpha leader of your flock. Your ganders will become especially testy during egg-laying season (February 14 - May 31), but you must insist upon being in charge. Left to do whatever they please, ganders especially, can learn some naughty habits very quickly.

Upon taking them back into our sanctuary, we discovered that Rio and Moon had become very aggressive towards objects brought into their pen--especially food buckets. When they saw us coming with dinner, they thought it would be a good idea to fight us for the bucket. To break this habit, we began walking into their pen at random times with empty food buckets. When the boys charged forward to claim their prize, we caught them by their necks (loose but firm grip) and sat down over them. More fearsome than their bills are their strong wings, which can inflict serious damage to the inexperienced handler, so be very careful when practicing these tactics.

The key to reversing their naughty behavior was never letting them have the last word about anything. They had to re-learn that we are allowed to enter their pen whenever we please and go wherever we like without any flack from them. Any challenges they initiated had to be met with equal determination.

Within the first week they learned that whenever we call, "Up, Up, Up!" they are required to instantly move along in the direction we herd them.

It is not only vital to your safety to have respectful geese, but also vital to theirs. You should always be able to motivate and handle your geese. It is so important to maintain leadership and never let your ganders get the better of you. We promise, they will still know that you love them.

Once we curbed the Durans behavior, they blended perfectly into our existing gaggle and are now wonderfully sweet and inquisitive geese again. Welcome back, boys!

Best of Luck, Dr. Melgey!

We were devastated to hear that our favorite duck and goose vet is moving out of state.

Dr. Melgey at All Friends Animal Hospital has been assisting our waterfowl for nearly five years. He and his staff have always rolled out the red carpet for our wonderful rescues, and we are thrilled to hear that our feathered friends will continue to receive the same special consideration under the practice's new ownership.

We would like to take a moment to wish Dr. Melgey well in his future endeavors, to thank All Friends Animal Hospital for their continued support and to welcome Dr. Otka onboard, who will be All Friend's new waterfowl vet.

Pen Building 101

For instructions on building a predator proof, safe enclosure please visit our Pen Building page. More on this in coming issues!

Duckling Days

We have had a year of record low adoptions and if it continues, it will have a serious impact when our upcoming fall/winter rescue seasons begins.

The troubled economy is part of the problem this year. Less people are willing to invest money into building predator proof pens in order to adopt our waterfowl. Not only does this result in less adoptions for us, but it also entices them to buy ducklings. The birds they purchase are often placed into inadequate or free range set-ups, which ultimately lead to the ducks being predated.

Supporting this trend is the over abundance of ducklings available at grain stores this year. People are opting to buy ducklings rather than adopt rescued waterfowl. Worse yet, in many states (including Connecticut) there is a six duckling minimum purchase. Folks are buying six ducklings without doing any prior research and then discovering within weeks that they cannot handle their new flock or the fighting that is rising between their drakes.

We have received a RECORD NUMBER of emails this year from families who opted to purchase ducklings and then discovered that they could not handle their purchase. Unfortunately, we are a rescue shelter running at full capacity and can only very rarely accommodate owner surrenders.

We recently took in a young Cayuga hen named Bonnie. The owner surrendering the girl openly admitted that she didn't do any research at all before taking the two ducklings home. This lack of preparedness ended up costing one of the ducklings his life when he was predated by a raccoon right in front of Bonnie.

After taking Bonnie "Bonster" into our sanctuary, we discovered that she was terrified of even small bodies of water, had not learned how to eat dry food properly and was extremely traumatized by the loss of her sibling. It took days for us to ease Bonnie into our flock and she spent most of her time standing on the opposite side of the fence from our resident Cayuga drake Young Jeffrey who obviously reminded her of her lost sibling.

Bonnie has since learned to swim and play on the pond and eat properly, but there are many more ducklings out there who are also the result of impulse buying and face similar futures.

It is a vicious cycle... Purchasers want us to take their ducks when they realize they made a mistake in buying ducklings. Meanwhile, adoptions are down and our pens are full. Still, we will not adopt our birds to sub-standard homes. We want the best for our beautiful rescues and will simply wait out those good homes while we enjoy our feathered friends a little while longer.


Tapeworms are a type of flatworm flatworm or trematode. Your duck can become infected upon eating worms, bugs, flies, slugs, ants and beetles.


The presence of tapeworms can be confirmed by fecal exam. Symptoms of tapeworms include weight loss, loss of appetite and diarrhea.


Praziquantel found in Drontal Plus is prescribed to treat tapeworms.

The Ultimate Pet Duck Guide Book

Our first proof has just arrived and our new duck guide book is absolutely gorgeous!

Containing over 100 full color photos, we anticipate this invaluable guide will be available for purchase by August!

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