I've been away
from the keys for a few days... hence the gap
between this entry and the last. Lilly's passing has
taken its toll on me. Her ashes are safely back and
Piper has chosen Mercy as his new companion. While
he is not over his grief and does not regard Mercy
with nearly the same affection as he did his dear
Lilly, she is keeping him distracted. On the other
hand, Mercy (who never liked boy ducks before) has
fallen head-over-heals in love with Piper. She
follows him everywhere, bobbing her head at him--so
cute! Boy is she chubby though... Piper likes the
chubby gals! You'd never guess she once refused to
eat when she first arrived.
Noel and Elfie
(newcomers) both went to the vet to have their foot
and leg injuries looked at. They appear to be in
pretty good shape--old battle wounds, our vet called
them. Elfie tested positive for coccidia though, so
both girls are on a vet prescribed, two week regimen
of Albon. We'll test them again in another week to
be sure we've gotten all of the buggers out of them.
In other news, we
have approved adopters coming to meet Romy & Michele
today. As always, it will be both bitter and sweet
to see them go. They've been such characters since
arriving. Never does a day pass when one or both of
them doesn't pull some kind of silly stunt. They are
sneaky little buggers! Always trying to get to the
next pen over, trying to get through gates to other
pens--stinkers! And they're both loud and quacky and
leaving makes room in the pen for Noel and Elfie to
eventually slide over. We took them in despite not
having proper room for them, so this adoption has
timed itself perfectly and it was very unexpected.
Isn't it funny how that happens? Hmm...
In other news
Bella appears to have sprained her leg (in a flat,
hay-bedded barn no less... how do they do that?).
She went to the vet yesterday for an x-ray just to
ensure there were no breaks or anything hidden.
Seems it's just a bad sprain, so she's on pain meds
and an anti-inflammatory to keep her comfortable.
She's also staying in the big barn all day, where
she can't get into any trouble. Billy and Rilo come
up to visit her on the other side of the barn
throughout the day and she can see and hear the rest
of the flock outside, so she's not lonely. At night
she gets her very own kennel so none of the other
ducks disturb her in her recovery. Poor Bella....
Now it's time to
head out with the camera and take some photos!
wonderful, but even so, I teared up as they got in
their car to drive away with little Romy and
Michele. What wonderful, happy, funny little ducks
they are. They will bring such joy to their new
family. And I will miss them so much.
BIG duck!" -- Ranger quacks
Let's play a
new game--follow the leader!