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Issue 99 March 2013

In This Issue:

  Majestic Funds Needed
  Ways to Donate
  eBay Giving Works/MissionFish
  Musical Mini Tin Necklaces
  Auto Paypal Donations
  Majestic Farewell...
  Gone, But Not Forgotten...
  The Month in Photos!
  Cafe Press Gift Shop
  Majestic Sponsorship

To Make a Donation, please click here:  Donation

Automatic Paypal Donations

Donate automatically every month or quarter via Paypal. We have it all set up to make it easy for you. If your circumstances change, you can cancel at anytime.

Click Here to learn more!

Majestic Farewell...

Relax, Gloria... and let us take it from here...

Our deepest sympathies to Gloria's Mystic Village family... We feel your sorrow...

Gone, But Not Forgotten...

Dear, Frankie, faithful love of Kris... You are missed...

Abigail, safe journey in rejoining Sarah...

The Month in Photos!

Gloria tubbin' it in his final days...

Keeping warm after the blizzard!

Ranger tucked in a snowy bed!

Lulu Tidying up!

Pretty Alice on the snowy shores...

Cafe Press Gift Shop

Visit our gift shop at Cafe Press for some fun Majestic items! Proceeds from the shop benefit our sanctuary!

Majestic Sponsorships!

Give the gift that keeps on giving! Please consider sponsoring our rescued ducks and geese. Visit our Sponsorship Page to learn how!

Contact Us

Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary
17 Barker Road
Lebanon, CT 06249


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Majestic Funds Needed

Dear Friends of Majestic,

We must raise funds to rebuild our older pens, or they will need to be closed down. We can't afford to lose this precious space--animals waiting to come in can't afford to lose this space.

PLEASE... If you haven't done so recently, consider making a donation today. 

To donate please click here:  Donation

Thank you,

Kim & Tony Link

P.S. Special thanks to our ducky friends who donated funds for our new pond pump, for an emergency barn hydrant repair and for coming through and pulling our sanctuary's checkbook out of the red, so we can afford grain this month! We love you all!

Ways to Donate

Company Matched Donations

If you work at any of the companies listed below, they will match 100% of your donation! It's EASY! Refer to your company's website for details:

  • United Technologies (UTC)

  • Verizon

  • Aetna

  • Pfizer

  • GE

Does your company offer the opportunity to give to United Way? We're specifically registered with them as well--just remember to select Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary when signing up, so your donation will make it through to us!

eBay Giving Works / MissionFish

You can support Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary when you buy or sell on eBay with the eBay Giving Works program. Here's how:

Majestic is part of the eBay Giving Works program. You can support our mission when you buy and sell on eBay.

Shop for items that benefit Majestic. You can get a great deal and support our ducks & geese at the same time!

Sell items on eBay to help support Majestic. Simply Designate our organization to receive 10-100% of your final sale price the next time you list something great!

Did you know that charity listings often get more bids and higher prices than regular eBay listings? Boost your sales and help our good cause while you're at it!

Plus eBay gives back to you too, with a fee credit on your basic selling fees!

Special thanks to Molly for thinking of our ducks & geese!



Majestic is set up and receiving donations from iGive.com

This means, when you search and shop via iGive, Majestic receives part of the proceeds. A penny per search may not seem like much, but we have already received over $100.00 in donations, so it can really add up!

Over 700 stores participate in the iGive program, so if you search and then shop, Majestic can get up to a 26% donation from the store you purchase from.



Egg peritonitis occurs when egg components move incorrectly (reversely) through the oviduct and end up deposited in her abdomen. Not only can this continual egg build-up cause space issues--pressing on her other internal organs, but the bacteria involved can also result in a serious and fatal infection.

Peritonitis tends to occur in ducks who have timing issues with their eggs; that is, they produce too many eggs or they have eggs that do not pass through the oviduct at an ideal rate. This traffic jam of eggs in the oviduct can cause an obstruction that results in egg components being deposited in the abdomen.

Sometimes the consequences are immediate; other times, the eggs become encapsulated and sealed off from the rest of the body. However, this can only continue for so long before the abdominal cavity gets cramped and organs get uncomfortably compressed.

  • Overweight hens are more prone to peritonitis.

  • Peritonitis is more common in ducks than in geese.

  • Ducks who lay soft eggs or have laying issues are in higher risk.

Possible Symptoms: Excessive open bill panting, lethargy, swollen or tight abdomen, stiffness when walking and discolored droppings (any combination of these symptoms may be seen).

If you suspect Peritonitis, bring your bird to a vet immediately. Peritonitis can quickly turn fatal.

Your vet will want to:

1) X-ray to look for a mass in the abdomen, organs that have been shifted out of place or excess gas in the stomach (a sign of festering bacteria).

2) Run comprehensive avian blood work to check for a high white blood cell count, which is a sign of infection.

3) Check your bird's temperature.

Ducks: Normal 105-106 F

Geese: Normal 105-105.5 F

(Vet visits can cause stress, which may elevate their temp slightly).

PREVENTATIVE TREATMENT: If your duck is overweight, reducing her weight is an excellent preventative measure-especially if she lays soft eggs or experiences any laying difficulties that place her in higher risk. Controlling access to light can reduce her laying cycle and control erratic ovulation. Some vets will also advise routine weigh-ins for ducks who are at risk to watch for sudden weight gain.

TREATMENT: Vet's will commonly prescribe  medication(s) to halt production of eggs; usually in the form of hormonal injections or implants.

The implant commonly used is called Suprelorin (with Deslorelin Acetate as the actual drug/hormone) and it comes in various strengths. The typical one is 4.7 mg, but there are larger ones as well. Suprelorin is an implantable, slow release gonadotropin releasing hormone. It is produced by Virbac Animal Health, costs approximately $300 and lasts from 1-3 months in waterfowl, depending on the individual and external stimuli. (--Thank you, Dr. Brown!)

Surgery will also be required to remove any eggs from the abdomen. To prevent future issues, your vet may advise oviduct removal.

CAUTION: Very few board certified vets are experienced and successful with this operation. Be sure to ask how many ducks/geese they have preformed this on in the past and what percentage made complete recoveries afterwards. Your vet should be able to give you quantifiable details (as opposed to saying, "a lot").

Best wishes to TicTic in her upcoming surgery!

Musical Micro Mini Tin Necklaces

Selection of:  

Amazing Grace / Standard
Music: Amazing Grace
Inside Cover: two ducks with backyard background
(1 available)

Amazing Grace / Orange
Music: Amazing Grace
Inside Cover: two ducks with orange background
(1 available)

How Great Thou Art / Standard
Music: How Great Thou ARt
Inside Cover: two ducks with backyard background
Out of Stock!

How Great Thou Art / Green
Music: How Great Thou Art
Inside Cover: two ducks with green background
Out of Stock!

Lord's Prayer / Standard
Music: Lord's Prayer
Inside Cover: two ducks with backyard background
(1 available)

Lord's Prayer / Yellow
Music: Lord's Prayer
Inside Cover: two ducks with yellow background
(1 available)

Minimum Donation: $35.00 each

Click Here for more information!

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