well... would you look at what we have here... A
snapping turtle! YIPES! No, he is not in our
pens, but he is in Pekin pond, which none of our
birds go on. It's our reservoir. We pump water from
this pond into our sanctuary during summer draughts.
He's about 6
inches wide and a foot long nose to tip of tail.
Pretty cute actually. He's been lingering under our
dock, so I leaned under and took a photo upside down
and then rotated it digitally to make him
right-side-up again. He moved in about 3 years ago.
Last year he ate a smaller snapper who tried to move
in on his territory.
Gamera is very shy,
but lots of fun to watch!
EXCITING news... an adoption application came
through today for the four Piddies (Salem, Deino,
Enyo and Phreda)!
95% of the
adoption applications come from people who
free-range their flocks. I don't get it... it says
all over our website that we do NOT adopt to
free-range homes of any kind, but they still send
them through. And they're usually from people who
free-range their ducks, lost a duck to a predator,
have a lonely duck and want a "replacement" duck. I
despise those words... replacement duck...
scrambling around prepping the grounds for Saxony
Swamp (it's time to dig the trenches for the cement
foundation) and prepping the grounds for Mother
Goose Manor (huge endeavor) and placing Lancelot and
Guinevere into their new/old home, I walked up to
the house and prayed for new homes. In particular I
prayed for a new home for The Piddies. Oh, if we
could just find those Piddies a wonderful new home.
That would make some space, take a little of the
pressure off, make the routine a little easier. But
how are we ever going to find a home for 4 ducks
a home for 4 ducks is very difficult work. An act of
patience... I figured it was time to request some
divine intervention and lo and behold... only a week
later... an adoption application comes through for
them and it includes some of the most beautiful
photos of a fenced in pond, green grass...
happiness... I picked up the phone and called and
the family is SO WONDERFUL! It's just the kind of
owner we want. They have a great set up, love
animals, have plans already worked out for when they
have to go away on vacation... <sigh>... just
So of course I
ran outside to tell The Piddies the good news! But
then... it will be so bittersweet to see them go.
They are such friendly, happy and funny little ducks
with SO MUCH personality! All four of them are each
so different and wonderful (aren't they all?!).
While I LOVE every duck and goose here, there's just
something so perfect about these little ducks and I
am so attached to them. It's going to break my heart
to let them go, but that's what I have to do. It's
best for them and it will make some much-needed room
are to adopt them out to their new family next
Monday 5/21. The new family is going to have
watermelon waiting for them because I told them it's
The Piddies favorite thing!
Back pen: Rilo
Middle pen: Deino (L) and Salem (R) Front pen: Enyo
(L) and Phreda (R)