feeling a little better about our Mazuri choice. My
research is still showing it's the best choice
available for our sanctuary.
that she fed the recalled Mazuri feed to her flock
and saw zero negative effects. And both of our vets
concur that excess vitamin D wouldn't cause health
issues--especially in the short term.
I know there
are a lot of folks who disagree with me, but so far
I have not seen any lab-supported data linking
recalled Mazuri feed to any health issues. We see
health issues here... cancer, soft-egg issues,
arthritis... these things happen. Nearly every month
I'm memorializing ducks and geese for people in our
newsletter because sadly... ducks and geese get sick
and pass away. I think the danger is assuming that a
sick duck could only be sick because of recalled
food. While I admit, it could be possible, I do want people to
continue to explore all medical possibilities for the sake of their birds. You can't help
an animal if you don't fully know what's wrong and
that's done through vet visits that include fecal
tests, cultures, x-rays and possibly ultrasounds.
losing weight during this recall mess. We brought
her in for an exam, did blood work and had a fecal
test done. We confirmed she didn't have parasites,
that her calcium
levels were normal, her kidneys and liver were
functioning properly and that she was eating
properly. While ruling out vitamin D issues, we
looked around for other more-likely options and
found that Bella and Trisha (our Muscovy hens) were
chasing her away from the food dishes and that Young
Jeffrey was getting a little to lovey with
her--chasing her around the pen. So we changed up
her pen situation and watched her diet increase.
Things improved for her, but we began seeing
signs of cancer. I've seen cancer her plenty to know
it when I see it, but I also know that we've had
ducks lived happily for up to a year after symptoms
Jodie-Dee's best interests that during all this, I
explored more than one medical explanation for her
symptoms. I didn't just assume it was recalled food,
switch out her diet and be done with it. We slowly
worked through the possibilities until we came up
with a true diagnosis.
tried to tell me that our duck Mercy-Loo who lays
soft eggs is experiencing this because of Mazuri. I
told them that this was impossible because Mercy-loo is
on a Nutrena diet (specially designed to remedy soft
eggs) and also that she has experienced this issue
since she began laying--it didn't just occur now,
with the recall. Besides, our bags of feed were not
recalled bags--our dealer was able to confirm this
It's just so
frustrating when someone tries to judge our
sanctuary or our animals
without knowing anything about us or them. And it's not
even that they're trying to help so much as they're
trying to win an argument that I'm just not willing
I just think
everyone needs to do their own research and find
their own answers and then make an educated
decision. I don't think people should be looking at
what everyone else is doing and judging
them--especially if they're only relying on hear-say
for information rather than doing the research
My comfort is
in knowing that the people who really know us--our
supporters, KNOW that I would never risk the health
and happiness of our ducks and geese. I LOVE them
all so much. They mean the world to me and I owe it
to them to care for them as best as I can. And I've
done enough research to know that we're still on the right track.
rambling. I'm done worrying about this anymore. Our
next feed order will be in soon.
A big crawdaddy
moved into Marvin & Lil Ms. Bee's pond and she had a
blast watching it crawl all around.
Bonnie and Dilly ate a crawdad that crept into their
pond... I found the broken shells as evidence.
Lil Ms. Bee
Looking down at
Marvin... "Pick me up, Momma!"