I have been away from the keys for a while. Life has
been crazy! Since being unemployed and sending out
resumes, I have had a couple of job interviews. That in
between caring for Lil Bo Peep and my daughter Isabel
needing minor surgery on her toe. Ay yi yi...
This Momma Duck needs a rest!
Lil Bo Peep has been a real challenge. In addition to
her coming and going fever (although not as high as it
was at its onset) are concerns about her left knee joint
which is not very strong as a result of malnutrition.
Her body is growing so fast and she is weak from fever
and a bad knee, so she tends to lose her balance while
preening and has somewhat given up on it. She is
just not oiling up the way she should be and has trouble
floating in water. She is still living in the duckling
house inside, but I put her in the tub twice a day and
bring her out to The Gate House once a day to get her
foraging in the grass and exercising her legs. She is
getting better, but the battle is not over yet.
When she's out in The Gate House, Fanny the goose always
comes running over and I swear I can read her mind: "You
took all those eggs from me, did you hatch one out? Is
that my baby?" She watches Lil Bo Peep for a while and
then wanders off.
Here are some pictures of Lil Bo Peep, who grows
noticeably more every day. Just look at her compared to
June 15 (Lil Bo Peep/Right)
June 16 (Lil Bo Peep/Background)
June 17 (Lil Bo Peep/Background)
In other news, after keeping Duran Duran in two separate
tiers of The Gardens for two weeks, I was really able to
establish myself as alpha leader and stop their naughty
behavior quickly. They are both eating out of my hands
now! And they weren't even arguing with Mac and
Fanny in the next pen, so... I opened the door and let
Duran Moon into Abby's Goose Run and then I let Duran
Rio out. There was a 30 second squabble and then
Mac set his place as alpha leader. The Durans had a
stressful two days, keeping out of Mac's way, but by the
third day, they began to show a cohesive nature. And
today, they are staying within 10 feet of each other
without any chasing or running or squabbling. This is
VERY good news.
We moved Goliath out of West Wing and into The Gardens.
He and Mac are still bickering a bit through the fence.
It will be a couple weeks before we open the door and
let him out. First we want Mac, Fanny and Duran Duran to
settle in. Once they are all doing well and Goliath and
Mac have had a bit of time to get used to each other, we
will turn him loose into Abby's Goose Run. We're not
sure who will win this alpha battle. Goliath is HUGE,
but Mac is relentless. It could go either way.
And of course, I have to tell the Folbot story...
Madeline and Roger donated a Folbot kayak. Roger
graciously offered to come out and help teach us how to
assemble it. It was so funny... they were reading this
type-faced instruction pamphlet that is over 20 years
old and it was calling the assembly process: "the
Folbot experience." Well, the Folbot experience
lasted a good 5 hours. It was so funny (for me anyway;
after all, I wasn't the one working on it!). Here are
some great photos:
Woo Hoo! Enjoying "The Folbot Experience"
Is that a body in the Folbot?
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