August 1, 2013
and Young Jeffrey won't go out on their pond... They're
sitting in the grass, missing Nelly-Nell... It breaks my
When I came out with my camera to sit
with them, they seemed to perk up a little, but they
still wouldn't go out on the pond. I guess it was Nelly
who led them there. I need to find another younger Pekin
girl to inspire them.
In other news... We're still working
on a plan for Ginger the goose. Nevins Farm is bringing
her for a digital x-ray in September/October. Hopefully,
that x-ray will enable our vet to rule out bone cancer.
If so, he thinks we should amputate her leg and make a
prosthetic. Our family friends Mike & Jenn at Feathered
Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary in TN have done this
successfully with Buttercup the duck (who has been all
over the news lately) think they can help.
Of course, first Fred & Ginger would
have to come back here for a while. Ginger will need to
recover from surgery in the house, while Fred joins our
gaggle. I'll arrange for visits, so they both know the
other is alright. Then, once she's healed, she can go
out to the barn and Fred can join her at night. Then in
early 2014, we should be able to fit her for a
prosthetic. Our vet has agreed to donate the surgery and
prosthetic fitting, but we have to fundraise for her
medication and the prosthetic and molding materials.
Another vital part of this will be having a stainless
steel sink/tub finally installed in our barn. I need to
research that because I'll need to be able to set Ginger
into water every day to keep her clean and her spirits
up and to keep that other let strong. Carrying her up to
the house tub every day during winter months will be too
dangerous in the ice and snow--and let's face it... it
would be a lot easier for me, and sometimes this Momma
Duck deserves something a little easier too.
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