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Issue 77 May 2011

In This Issue:

  Blue Ribbon Photo Contest!
  Re-visiting Feed Options
  Diarrhea
  Assembling Duck Houses
  Daffodil Memorial Garden
  The Month in Photos
  Majestic Sponsorship
  Recommended Reading!

To Make a Donation, please click here:  Donation

Have You Seen Our Video Clips at Myspace?

http://profile.myspace.com/majesticducks

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

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Send us a friendship request (be sure to include a note that you are a friend of ducks & geese!)

Farewells...

Maytrix, your quacks are so missed...

The Month in Photos!

Shoreline ladies

Obama has a good stretch

Pancho happily perched

Billy & Rilo enjoy the sunshine

I wish I were a duck!

New goose mural!

Majestic Sponsorship

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

Recommended Reading

The Driveby Book of Duck Facts

The Driveby Book of Duck Facts

Product Description

This is a humorous book of facts and "facts" presented by Ms. Driveby Duck with help from her human, Maureen Heidtmann, because it's hard to type and draw illustrations with webbed feet. In this field guide you will find facts about molting and how to tell a girl duck from a boy. You will also find "facts" about ducks from other planets, ducktators, and the truth about Quackulaism.  Although it is a children's book, people of all ages will enjoy it.

Click here to order.

* 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!
 

Contact Us

Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary
17 Barker Road
Lebanon, CT 06249
director@majesticwaterfowl.org

Our Newsletter

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

 

Duck-Duck-Goose Blue Ribbon Photo Contest!

There's still time to enter your beautiful pet duck or goose in our 2011 Duck-Duck-Goose Blue Ribbon Photo Contest!

Three Blue Ribbons will be awarded for Most Photogenic, Most Comical and Most Mallard!

Winning photos will be permanently displayed in our upcoming July 2011 Newsletter and on the Winner's Circle page of our website.

A framed and personalized Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary Winners Certificate will also accompany each of the 3 Blue Ribbons awarded!

Please visit our Rules Page for photo entry guidelines!

Take out your camera and start snapping for your chance to win!


Re-visiting Feed Options

Mazuri:

Mazuri® Waterfowl Starter (0-7 weeks)

Mazuri® Waterfowl Maintenance (8 weeks and up)

Mazuri® Waterfowl Breeder (mature laying hens)

SHELF LIFE: Use within 6 months of the date stamped on the bag.

For more information: www.mazuri.com

Blue Seal:

Blue Seal® OrganicLife® Starter Crumbles (0-3 weeks)

Blue Seal® OrganicLife® Grower Crumbles (3 weeks and up)

Blue Seal® OrganicLife® Layer Pellets (mature laying hens)

SHELF LIFE: Use within 60-90 days of date stamped on bag.

-OR-

Blue Seal®  Home Fresh Grower-Cal Mash (0-3 weeks)

Blue Seal®  Home Fresh Grower-Cal Pellets ( 3 weeks and up)

Blue Seal®  Home Fresh Layer Pellets (mature laying hens)

SHELF LIFE: Use within 60-90 days of date stamped on bag.

For more information:  www.blueseal.com

Nutrena:

Nutrena® NatureWise® Chick Starter Grower (0-7 weeks)*

Nutrena® NatureWise® All Flock (7 weeks and up)

Nutrena® NatureWise® Layer Feed (mature laying hens)*

SHELF LIFE: Use within 60-90 days of date stamped on bag.

For more information: www.nutrenaworld.com

*The Layer formula comes in pellets or crumbles.
*Feed ducklings & goslings the Non-Medicated Starter  (brown bag)

Purina:

Purina Mills® Start & Grow ® SunFresh Recipe (0-7 weeks)

Purina Mills® Flock Raiser® SunFresh Recipe (8 weeks & up)

Purina Mills® Layena® Sunfresh Recipe (mature laying hens)

SHELF LIFE: Use within 60-90 days of date stamped on bag.

For more information:  www.purinamills.com

Remember: Always AVOID medicated grains that can interfere with your pet duck or goose's immune system.


Diarrhea

If your duck or goose is experiencing diarrhea it can be indicative of a many number of things. A look at all of your pet’s overall health and symptoms will be necessary in order to determine the correct course of action. Once your vet determines the root cause of the symptoms, a proper treatment regimen can begin.

Diarrhea is often the body’s way of removing toxins from the system, so depending on its severity, your vet may or may not want to interfere with this function—especially in the short term. They may want to lessen the symptom more than alleviate it, depending on the cause.

Adding apple pectin to your pet’s diet is a safe and often effective way to help tighten up your duck or goose’s poop, and there are a few alternatives to accomplishing this.

1) Syringe feed 1-2 tablespoons of organic apple baby food to your duck or goose each day until symptoms improve.

2) Add organic apple cider vinegar to their water (15 mls per gallon)but it can ferment, so change their water frequently! It may also soothe irritated intestinal lining.

3) Kaolin Pectin Suspension (found at farm supply stores) can be administered 2-4 times a day, in doses of 1ml for each pound your bird weighs PROVIDED that your duck or goose is drinking normally.

4) Apple Pectin tablets (250 mgs) can be given to your goose once daily or every 12 hours in more serious cases. Ducks can be given 100 mgs once daily or every 12 hours in more serious cases.

As with all medications, consult with your vet before beginning any of these treatments. Side effects for each of these products include constipation, so only use them under the direct guidance of your veterinarian. Kaolin Pectin Suspension may cause stomach cramping. If you see a decline in your pet’s appetite, discontinue immediately and consult your vet.

Remember, diarrhea can lead to dehydration. Monitor your bird’s drinking habits carefully to ensure normal behavior. If your pet is spending too much time (or all of their time) at the water bucket, bring them to your vet immediately.


Assembling Duck Houses

We have unpacked our twelve new duck houses and are beginning to put them together. The removable floors of each house will be protected with a sheet of cut-to-size vinyl flooring. We will also make ramps and doors for each house.

Name plates will be mounted soon and photos are expected to appear in next month's newsletter. Thank you again to our donors!

March 2012 UPDATE:  These "outdoor" dog houses turned out to have VERY poorly constructed roofs and sadly did not last long. The roofs are hollow inside AND the rear overhang doesn't clear enough of the house to prevent interior rotting around the hinges. Within 1 YEAR of owning these houses, the roofs were literally crumbling away. Calls to the company were unproductive who said they were outside of the warranty period.

We have since built our own beautiful replacement roofs of much-improved solid design and with a few inches of overhang to prevent interior rotting around the hinge hardware.

***WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THESE HOUSES!


Daffodil Memorial Garden

We have begun planting daffodils around the borders of our enclosures, and it's looking really beautiful here this spring!

Our goal is to completely encircle our pens with these beautiful deer-proof flowers that also prevent the encroachment of weeds.

Donating daffodil bulbs is a beautiful way to memorialize lost loved ones or to celebrate the lives of those still with us. Bulbs purchased through Brecks will automatically ship during our Connecticut planting seasons and they have a wonderful and hearty collection of 106 varieties of yellow, pink, white and orange daffodils, which all have a lifetime FREE replacement guarantee! Just type "Daffodil" into their "Search" feature to review their full list of selections.

 

 

 

Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary

17 Barker Road

Lebanon CT  06249

       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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