Today's the day
for coming out of quarantine!
I gave Bee,
Marvin and Yolanda their second dose of
precautionary wormer yesterday (even though their
fecals were negative... there was cecal worm where
Yolanda and Bee came from, so we wanted to be EXTRA
sure). And I gave them a second powdering for lice
So now they get
to meet their new sanctuary friends! I switched the
Piddies around, so the boys are where the girls were
and the girls are where the boys were (in the bigger
of the two pens). And then I led Bee and Marvin out
with the girls Enyo and Phreda. Marvin is more
interested in humans than ducks, so he shouldn't
bother them; besides, Enyo is a protestor and lets
me know when anything moves even an inch in her pen
(I can hear her all the way up in the house!).
Here she is
discovering her amazing new pond (a few seconds
before slipping in and then leaping right out
Her eye feathers
look so much better, but her body feathers are not
improving much at all... It looks like she'll need a
full molt before she has working feathers again...
And then Yolanda
went out to Louisville to meet Jabberwocky.
Unfortunately, Jabberwocky believes himself the king
of ducks and saw her as a threat to his minions
Jocamo and Oh Henry!
And then they both flattened
out and extended their necks parallel to the
ground... not a good sign...
And then the
normal pecking order stuff. It's best to let these
things happen to see if they work themselves out
otherwise the fighting will continue over and over
It's not usually
an issue introducing females, but since Jabberwocky
thinks he's a duck and doesn't recognize female
geese as entirely wonderful, it has created a small
complication (one that we're hoping Mother Nature
eventually works out for us).
I watched for a
few seconds to see if it worked itself out, but when
it didn't I sectioned off a quarter of the pen just
for Yolanda. They need some time getting used to
each other before we try again.