When Isabel and I
went out to tuck the ducks in at 8 pm last night, I
noticed that Romeo was sitting on the ground even
when I walked into the goose pen. Just two hours
earlier he was fine, but apparently between my
visits he sprained his right leg. I picked him up
and Isabel and I checked him to make sure it wasn't
anything more serious.
I checked on him
again first thing this morning. He's walking, but
with a heck of a limp. I gave him some Rimadyl to
help with pain and swelling. He went swimming and
was preening afterwards, so I'm sure he'll be okay,
but I'll keep a close eye on him. Poor baby...
I've been working
diligently on the upcoming September newsletter
issue. Apparently Lake's Lacto-Plus probiotics isn't
around anymore, so I had to do a lot of research to
find a replacement product--and not just any
replacement, we want the BEST for our ducks and
geese. I finally found Avi-Culture and I
corresponded back and forth with them and gathered
up lots of useful information to incorporate into
the newsletter--and they gave me permissions to use
some of their photos/banners from their website. In
exchange, they added us to their links and have made
a generous offer to help keep us supplied with
We also have a
couple people selling feather products made out of
molted feathers I have been collecting (and am still
collecting) since June. It's actually quite a time
consuming project from my end--bent over and
scrounging the grounds for quality feathers twice a
day. I hope it results in some funds for our
sanctuary; otherwise, I don't know that I'll want to
do this again. We'll see!
I'm a little
worried that so much financial stuff ended up in the
Sept issue. We have our own custom painted duck sign
fundraiser alongside these two articles on feather
products for sale and an article on our annual
expenses. Since our checking account dropped to a
record low (of the kind we haven't seen since we
first started this endeavor), I wanted to give
people an idea of how much this endeavor costs.
Quite a few people came through for us in August and
our checking account is back where it should be
again, but we need a steady influx of funds to keep
up with our everyday costs. We really don't want to
tap into the sanctuary's savings account, which is
reserved for our next expansion project and vet
photos of the flock and a couple of the other
articles will keep it from being too financial. And
there's always that one redeeming article on
bumblefoot and Avi-Culture to break it all up.
Pretty Alice on
And then she
makes a SPLASH!
When I began
taking photos today, I noticed in the viewing screen
that there was a white & hazy glow around Matthew.
I've been taking photos with this camera for years
and I've never seen this effect.
You can sort of
make out the hazy, white glow around Matthew in
Ghost of a duck...
see it behind Matthew? Odd thing is the ghost
doesn't match his image in this photo nor in the
photos taken just before and just after this
one--and he wasn't moving at the time either... just
Woooooo.... spooky, eh? Wha ha ha! I'm sure it's just
some kind of trick of the light along with a camera
effect, but it's kind of cool anyway... I think so