Respond to requests for assistance for compromised
Rescue abandoned ducks & geese.
to prepare them for their new homes.
abandoned waterfowl into
safe and loving new homes.
We Educate pet owners about the proper care of waterfowl.
We Reduce animal suffering, neglect and abuse.
We do all we can to STOP they cycle of waterfowl
And consider this!
We don't draw any salaries at Majestic. We work on a
strictly volunteer basis only. No salaries for us means all of our
funds are directed towards assisting our rescued animals.
Majesticís 2010 major expenses:
$2800 Waterfowl feed
$2500 Vet expenses
$1500 Utilities (pond circulating pump, heated buckets, barn lights)
$1100 Sanctuary supplies,
building materials & equipment
That's nearly $8000 and that's just
the big ticket items!
annual expenses actually range anywhere between $9,000 and
$12,000 depending on the number of animals we have and the
severity of their medical needs.
don't forget the weather! A harsh winter, like the one
we experienced this year, can result in a myriad of
unexpected costs. This year we had to invest in a
snow-blower and a bullet heater to melt huge piles of
blizzard snow and ice that resulted in extreme
mobility & functionality issues in our pens (like doors &
gates frozen into 2-3 inches of ice).
The severe weather
also lent us to finally invest in
a sanctuary generator to safeguard our circulating pump and
heated water buckets, which can easily freeze and crack
without running electricity. We could easily lose over $1500
worth of materials during a single power outage without this
vital protective equipment. (In the aftermath of Hurricane
Irene, it has also kept pond water
circulating and fresh, as well as providing well water to
our barn and quarantine pen).
unusually deep snow also severely damaged one of our vacant
quarantine pens this year, which still has to be repaired.
the freezing temps actually cracked our barn's hydrant
nozzle. While we were able to do a temporary welding fix to
get us through the cold weather, it ultimately cost us
nearly three hundred dollars to order a new housing and hire
an experienced outdoor plumber to handle the much-needed
So there you have it!
These are the basic necessities that keep our sanctuary
running and our ducks & geese happy and healthy--and they
add up so quickly. And, as always, our goal is not just to
break even, but to save up funds for our next expansion
effort. We still plan to add a few more large enclosures to
our sanctuary to allow even more abandoned animals to come
Please help us in our endeavor by
today. Every little bit helps! And Thank you to all
of you who make it a point to donate to our sanctuary
regularly. We simply couldn't do it without you!
Designed Wooden Signs!
We are custom painting handmade signs
to raise funds for our sanctuary. Signs measure
approximately: 16" x 3.5" (unless otherwise indicated)
and include a simple mounting kit.
Unless otherwise noted, signs are
$35.00 each + $5.00 shipping.
Here to view our custom
duck signs. If you see one you like, contact us to reserve
it (first come, first serve basis). Additional signs will
appear as we paint them--so keep checking back!
Once we confirm you're first in line
for purchasing, you will be given the opportunity to have a
name or words custom painted onto your sign. We have over
thirty color options available for letters, so we can
accommodate most requests (one color choice per sign
There is a ten letter per-sign maximum
(counting spaces). Additional letters (not many more will fit) will likely require
two lines of text and cost $1.00 extra for each additional
Once these decisions are finalized, we
will email a Paypal invoice to you. You do not
need a Paypal account in order to pay this invoice; it will
give you the option to pay using your credit card. If you
would like to pay by check, please let us know when you
first contact us.
Payments must be received
within 10 days of invoicing or the sign will be relisted for
Once your payment arrives, we will
custom paint the words of your choice onto your sign for you.
Please note: words will be painted EXACTLY as ordered.
Please double-check your spelling and spacing. Please note:
Painted letters are done in all capitals.
Please note: Signs are not
This is for our ducks and geese, so no
returns, exchanges or refunds (unless damaged in
shipping, in which case email notification and photo verification
of damaged sign and packaging will be required within 24 hours
If you would like a custom painting of
your duck (or ducks!), we will need an emailed photograph
for reference. Custom work must be prepaid in full. The
first painted duck is included in the price. There is a
$10.00 charge for each additional duck.
Geese signs will be available soon!
Thank you Jenn and Kat for the fruit
basket and flowers to help us through Benny's loss. Your
thoughtfulness means the world to us...
Fundraiser A Success!
Thank you Tom & Deb and Deb for
donating funds to build our two new goose barns! More
information to follow as we build the barns and mount your custom
engraved name plates!
Oil Mouse Deterrent
This year we were able to purchase and
assemble a new and affordable grain shed to store Mazuri &
Nutrena feed for our flock. Not only does this beat hauling
grain bags down to the barn from our house, but it also
enables us to receive grain deliveries from our supplier. Instead of traveling an hour each way to their
store to fill our cars with a limited amount of grain, we can
now order a good 5-6 week supply and have it delivered right
to our new shed, which sits close to our enclosures and
To keep mice out of our shed we have
taken up the advice of routinely putting a few drops of
peppermint oil onto the pallets the grain bags sit on.
Apparently, mice don't like the smell and it helps keep them
out of our shed. This combined with humane traps (that are
usually empty) are really doing the trick!
To protect our feed bags from insects
and beetles, we spread food-grade Diatomaceous earth
(Dearth) between the foundation and floor boards of our
New Treatment Options
We have seen
tremendous results from a new treatment for bumblefoot and,
as always, we wanted to share.
For those of you who
don't know, bumblefoot sores appear as swollen areas on the
bottoms of your duck or goose's feet that often have a black
scab on them. Swelling and scabbing increase with time and
lack of attention and can ultimately lead to osteomyelitis
(bone infection) if not treated properly.
Webbed feet become
inflammed with bumblefoot when tiny cuts (normal with
waddling about) become infected. The best preventative
measures are soft and clean grounds. Even so, ducks and
geese are very prone to this sort of trouble, which is why
it is so important to routinely inspect the bottoms of their
feet and nip any issues in the bud.
take your duck or goose to a qualified veterinarian for a
thorough exam before initiating treatment.
Some vets will
prescribe Quickderm ointment to be applied directly
to the afflicted area of the feet 1-2 times daily. While
this will do the trick, we have experienced greater success
using vet-recommended Thermazene Silver Sulfadiazine
Cream 1%, which can often be purchased over-the-counter
Like Quickderm ointment, this cream is applied 1-2 times
Always wear gloves
when applying creams/ointments to avoid absorbing unneeded
medications into your own skin. We always have a box of
latex gloves in our barn's medicine cabinet.
Your duck or goose
will also need a prescription of Baytril (antibiotic) to
help them fight off the infection from the inside.
Ducks: 22.7 mg
Baytril for average sized ducks (6-8 lbs)*.
Geese: 68 mg
Baytril for average sized geese (12-14 lbs)*.
cases, your vet may prescribe a higher dose of Baytril.
As always, you want
to keep your duck or goose on clean, soft grounds and
provide ample time for swimming in clean water. These
conditions are a vital part of treatment. Hard packed
grounds or sloppy grounds will just invite further infection
are an important part of your duck or goose's treatment when
they are on any kind of medication that can disturb the
normal balance of their intestinal flora (antibiotics being
just such an example). The use of a live, avian-specific,
multi-strain probiotic helps restore the flora of beneficial
bacteria in their gut, which will aid them through their
While we used to
rely on Lake's Lacto-Plus powder, we haven't been
able to reach them recently.
In light of this, we
have discovered a fantastic new option for our ducks and
geese. National Bird Designs, Inc. is the home
Avi-Culture, which is a
gluten-free, dairy-free & GMO-free (Genetically Modified
Organism-free) probiotic powder specifically designed
especially for birds. Avi-Culture is a great product to have
on hand when medical issues arise, and it is also an
important preventative during times of stress--including the
Shelf-Life & Storage
Avi-Culture has a 2-year shelf-life
when stored at room temperature.
For maximum viability, Avi-Culture
should be refrigerated upon receipt. When refrigerated this
probiotic has a 10-year shelf-life.
Avi-Culture keeps indefinitely when
Please note that moisture &
condensation will activate the microorganisms; for
this reason, you should keep the powder form as dry as
possible by securing the lid properly after each use.
We would like to thank National Bird
Designs for their generosity in extending a very special
purchasing offer to our sanctuary!