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Issue 32: August 2007

In This Issue:

  Eye Troubles
  New Fundraiser
  A Special Note
  Ducks of the Month:
Joker & Riddles
  Special Thanks:  Toys!
  Progress on Louisville
  Majestic Newcomers
  Recommended Viewing
  My How We Have Grown!
  Feather Eating

Progress on Louisville

We are well into Phase II of the building of Louisville. The structure has been raised and the vinyl coated galvanized wire mesh is currently being mounted. Stay tuned as we install our electricity, running water and internal features. Thank you again to all of our supporters for making such an enormous difference in the lives of homeless ducks and geese.

Phase II of Louisville is well underway

Majestic Newcomer:


Young Pilgrim Gander

Surrendered to an animal shelter, this young gander was scheduled for euthanization. Salvadore is in perfect health and is looking for a new home.

Salvadore will eat out of our hands. We carry him from pen to pen and he is very well tempered. Salvadore is a very gentle boy and would love a home where he can meet a beautiful goose.

Salvadore is currently available for adoption.

Majestic Newcomers:

Jasmine & Aladdin

8-9 week old Pekin ducks

This very young pair were rescued from a park in Middletown CT. They were starving and terrified. They were living at the edge of the forest, taking cover under briar thickets.

Aladdin & Jasmine will be available for adoption September 1st.

Recommended Viewing*

Starting with duck keeping - Keeping Ducks Video by Tom Bartlett





Keeping Ducks--Beautiful, Comical Things

If you are starting with duck keeping, or just interested in ducks, this video by Tom Bartlett is well worth watching.

"There is something about ducks that attracts human company," says Tom Bartlett in this beginner's guide to duck-keeping. Tom follows the journey of ducklings from incubation through their lives as he explains his own methods of feeding, housing, breeding and generally caring for ducks on the farm and at show. We meet Ross Kent, a beginner whose ambition is to breed quality birds, and with Tom's guidance Ross prepares for the British Waterfowl Championship.

WARNING:  Majestic has recently purchased this disc and after multiple returns we have come to the conclusion that although the content of the DVD is wonderful, the disc quality is far below average.  Until they improve their production standards, we do not recommend the purchasing of this DVD.

Click here for purchasing information.

* For our full recommended reading list, click here. If you order from Amazon by way of our website, Majestic receives a portion of the proceeds!

My How We Have Grown!

We have really grown since our inception in 2004, and we have a lot of animals depending on our time and attention and many more pens to build. For this reason, we are going to limit the size of our newsletters for the next few months, so we can focus more attention on the ducks and geese in our care and those out on ponds and in shelters, in need of our assistance.

We will continue providing quality health information and sanctuary updates to assist you and your flock members, and as always, we will continue to field your questions if you need us. 

Feather Eating

Occasionally, you may see your ducks or geese eating feathers off of the ground. We see this most frequently among rescued ducks that have been deprived of healthy diets.

This behavior can be curbed by introducing a small amount of crimped oats to their diet. We add a small handful of oats to their bowls of Mazuri feed and within a couple of weeks we notice the disappearance of the feather eating behavior.

Contact Us

Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary
17 Barker Road
Lebanon, CT 06249

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Eye Troubles

Tear Duct Infections

Tear duct infections occur occasionally and are not too big a deal if they are treated right away. If you see swelling under the lower eye lid, or it appears as if your duck’s eye is not all the way open, this may be an indication of a tear duct infection.

Your duck or goose will need to go to the vet for some antibiotic eye ointment. Treatment is normally administered 2-3 times daily depending on severity. Take precautions keep your bird’s pen extra clean during this time to avoid impeding progress. Be sure water sources are fresh and clean.

Tear duct infections are normally not contagious, but ask your vet if any quarantine procedures need to take place to protect the rest of your flock. If you do have to separate the infected bird, be sure to keep it in visual range of the others or provide a mirror for company.

Even with treatment this type of infection can be stubborn and may take a few weeks of treatment to clear up.

Scratches / Abrasions

If you see swelling or tiny bubbles foaming in or around your duck or goose’s eye this is most likely an indication that your duck or goose has been scratched or poked in the eye. A stray piece of hay can cause this type of injury, but most often it is caused by another duck. Separate the injured duck from the others using a dividing fence. We flush the bubbles out a couple times a day with a sensitive eye saline solution. 

If your duck has this kind of injury you will also want to bring them to a vet for a prescription of antibiotic eye ointment, which is normally administered directly to the eye 2-3 times daily. With treatment, minor injuries of this nature normally clear up within a week.

Eye Loss

It is not unheard of for one duck to poke out another duck’s eye. Over-eager drakes can easily poke out a hen’s eye when trying to mate—especially if you have too many drakes and not enough hens.  Multiple drakes can do real damage to a hen. Remember to keep your flock ratio at 1:4; that is one drake for every four hens.

Aggressive drakes can also poke out an eye while fighting among themselves. It is vital to separate fighting ducks to avoid this type of injury.

Some times the eye will get pushed inside the head cavity, other times it will roll over in its socket—so the back side of the eye is facing outward. Both are signs that you are not properly protecting your flock from one another. It is time to examine whether you have too many birds in too small of a pen, or if a couple individuals just can’t get along and need to be separated. If one of your birds exhibits this type of serious injury, you need to bring them to the vet immediately.

Crocodile Stanley’s open eye socket

Open eye sockets can become infected and a round of antibiotic ointment may be in order. Some vets will recommend you always have a tube of this medicine on hand in case of future flare-ups. Monitor open sockets closely, especially in hot seasons—when flies are prevalent and they can easily become infected. Ointment is administered right inside the socket.

Special attention will have to be taken for ducks with one eye. Ducks and geese rely heavily on their vision.  Try to clap your hands or make noise when approaching, so as not to startle them. Ducks with this type of injury are even more vulnerable to predators than healthy ducks, so be sure to protect them properly.

Most vets will not remove an eye that has been pushed inside unless a serious infection is present, putting the duck at risk of further issues. This type of surgery is best not performed unless the situation requires it.


A translucent film forming over your duck or goose’s eye can be a sign of severe dehydration—and the first stages of blindness. Responsible pet owners will never see this, but neglected animals taken into animal shelters sometimes exhibit this condition. The introduction of plenty of clean, fresh water along with vet care will normally turn this around.  Do not attempt to wash away or remove this film. Any loss of eyesight, however, will be irreversible.

New Fundraiser:

Aviary Structure for Abby's Goose Run

Abby’s Goose Run is currently usable only as a day pen; the geese are led out into this pen every morning and escorted back to the Courtyard every evening. We have the aviary net already purchased for this pen; however, we need to raise enough funds to build the support structure for this net. The aviary support structure is comprised of steel kennel poles and lumber cross beams. Once the structure is complete, the net is pulled over the top and the pen is instantly usable as a day and evening pen.

Please help us to raise $500 to purchase poles, beams and hardware to install the aviary support in Abby’s Goose Run. Click here to donate.

A Special Note:

Text Box: To “Ducky”
A new kayak has been donated to Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary in honor of our 5th anniversary. 
Rescue volunteers will now be able to assist more of our abandoned feathered friends and bring them into safety.
 —From “Ducky”

Ducks of the Month Joker & Riddles

Joker and Riddles are the best of friends. They are the cutest things—watching them running around. They don’t take slack from anyone and will bicker through the fence at Ali & Chan or Tutter & Angelo if the pairs get too close. When the two Runners are released into the goose run, they are wise enough to keep a wide girth of the geese, and do extremely well.

Joker and Riddles are shy and are not interested in close interaction with humans, but they will come within a few feet of us if we are handing out nightcrawlers or lettuce treats.

This entertaining and happy pair will fit into a number of flock types. They are a good option for a family wanting a pair of ducks to join their family, a family with 4-6 hens looking for a  couple drake companions, or even for a family with one large drake and a number of hens who wish to open their home to a couple of rescues (Riddles & Joker do very well with a larger drake who knows how to rule the roost; they show respect to a strong alpha drake).

If you are interested in adopting this Riddles & Joker, please fill out our online adoption application and email us photos of your duck pen.

Special Thanks to Jennifer & Flock:

Enrichment Toys!


Lettuce Treats have never been so much fun!

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