The drought has
hit us hard. It takes me an hour in the morning to
get all the water buckets and kiddie pools filled
for the day. On hot days, I change them out in
the afternoon and again in the evening.
The ducks and
geese are all fine... they just sit in their pools
and beneath their shady trees and nap while I do all
steadily losing weight and we suspect cancer at this
point. She went in for an exam and bloodwork and
cancer is all that remains. She's eating well, she's
just losing weight. And I'm beginning to see changes
in her breathing--her abdomen pumps while she
breaths (tail pumping). So... she's on a small dose
of Torbutrol for pain, which appears to be working
In other news...
all this Mazuri recall stuff has worn me out. We
have rec'd dozens of emails and phone calls from
people who are concerned about our flock, but none
of our bags fell within the recall dates and all of
our birds are fine.
been knee-deep in ingredient, manufacturing and
quality control research and have been talking to
reps at all of the major companies.
A few people have
tried to push us towards a mixed grains diet, where
we buy the oats, wheat, corn, sunflower seeds, etc
and do our own mixing, but there's no way I can
store that much whole grain and not draw in every
rodent in town. It just isn't do-able. And... I like
having our flock on a vitamin fortified diet.
Then someone told
me that people out there think Mazuri is giving us
free grain and that's the only reason we're keeping
our flock on it--because they're compensating us. I
told that person, "Anyone who thinks that I would
risk the health of our ducks and geese doesn't know
me or our sanctuary at all and probably isn't one of
our supporters, but someone speaking off the
cuff--and I'm betting by people you actually
mean one person. Our flock does NOT have a
price tag and neither do I. Mazuri does not
give us free grain."
I've been on
the phone with our Mazuri contact, speaking with her
for hours--even late at night. I have asked her and
their nutritionist every
question and received all of my answers, and I still
feel like Mazuri is the best option we have. I've
also been talking to Blue Seal and Nutrena (and
further checked out Purina through my Mazuri
contact) to make further comparisons.
Our ducks and geese mean EVERYTHING to me
and I feel confident in sticking with Mazuri. Our
birds blossom on this food--their feathers are
gorgeous, they're happy and thriving... I've seen
proof that it works. I just can't in good conscience
put them on anything less, especially when I've seen
the side-by-side results of feeding them Purina,
Blue Seal and Nutrena. Mazuri has made miracles
happen here and we need to stick with miracles.
Jocamo and Yolanda "Yoyo"