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Issue 54  June 2009

In This Issue:

  The Ultimate Pet Duck Guide
  Sanctuary Improvements
  Intestinal Flukes
  The Month in Photos
  Majestic Newcomers
  Majestic Adoptions
  Majestic Sponsorship
  Recommended Reading

To Make a Donation, please click here:  Donation

Have You Seen Our Video Clips at Myspace?


Sanctuary videos change throughout the month, so keep checking back to see the latest!

The Month in Photos!

Demi & Gulliver


Majestic Newcomers

Duran Duran return to our sanctuary

Majestic Adoptions


Majestic Sponsorship

If you can’t adopt, please consider sponsoring a duck or goose in our care by visiting our sponsorship page.  

Recommended Reading*

Duck & Goose

How Are You Feeling?

Product Description

Duck and Goose are back in their third board book appearance. All the favorite characters, including Bluebird and Thistle, return—this time to help toddlers learn about their feelings.

Following on the heels of the hugely successful What’s Up, Duck? and Duck & Goose 1,2,3, this charming board book uses simple text and colorful illustrations to help preschoolers identify familiar feelings like happy, sad, scared, and proud.
Click here to order.

* 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!

Contact Us

Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary
17 Barker Road
Lebanon, CT 06249

Our Newsletter

The Majestic Monthly is published 12 times per year. Previous issues are available in our Archives.

The Ultimate Pet Duck Guide Book

We are on the brink of publication!

Unlike other duck books that are loaded with unwanted "for table" references, or guide books that will advise you to destroy your sick pet as if they are untreatable or unworthy of veterinary care, our Ultimate Pet Duck Guide Book will give you all the advice and information you need to care and protect your beloved feathered friends.

You've asked for a book written by a duck enthusiast rather than someone who views ducks as a commodity, and this is it! Filled with color photos and inspirational anecdotes about the ducks who have come through our sanctuary, this is the one guide you and your darlings simply cannot be without.

With chapters on:  Preparations, Ailments, Considerations, Enrichment & Rescues, we are sure you will find everything you ever needed to know in this handy and duck-friendly guide book.

Ordering information will be available soon!

Sanctuary Improvements

After years of managing our sanctuary's cement ponds, we invested in preformed pond liners for our flock members!

For years we have refaced cement our small cement ponds, sealing cracks every spring to prepare for the warm weather. Because these smaller, hand made ponds would crack as soon as the ground froze, the ducks and geese were not able to use them on warmer winter days, and they couldn't use them in spring until each of the ponds were refaced.

Our Blue Ribbon Fundraiser helped bring in some of the funds necessary to purchase eight new pond liners. We have been hard at work with sledgehammers, removing the old cement ponds and then fitting the new ones into the ground. It has been a very labor intensive project, but it will benefit the animals in the long run. In addition to eliminating the expense of bags of concrete every spring it will also save us an incredible amount of time, which we can direct to other projects. These ponds are very low maintenance and can instantly be reopened in winter, when warmer days happen upon us and immediately in spring. All of our ponds are stream-fed with a main pump circulating the water throughout the pens. This keeps all of our ponds fresh and cool.

In addition to upgrading five of our existing ponds, we have also added three new ponds to pens that were previously without swimming accommodations. In prior years we have been utilizing a misting system to keep these three pens cool, but now that they have their own ponds, the misting system will be set up in Abby's Goose Run.

In addition to installing ponds, we have also completed the project of tilling our soil. We have very rocky soil, so every pen needs to be turned over by hand with shovels. Once turned, we have to collect any rocks that surface to keep our grounds soft under delicate webbed feet. This is a strenuous and time-consuming project, and thankfully, it is now complete. Grass is rapidly growing and establishing itself throughout our pens and will remain underfoot until winter when it tends to die out from tread.

And finally, the last of our new shade trees have been transplanted from our forest into Abby's Goose Run and Louisville (a.k.a. "The Bachelor Pad"). Russian Olive trees are the perfect trees for our pens. They have shallow root systems and are easy to transplant, they grow very rapidly and can be easily pruned into shapes that work best for the area.  Remember, geese will kill trees, so always surround saplings with a circle of protective fencing.



If your duck receives any kind of skin laceration, bring them to a vet for immediate treatment. Surgery and/or stitches will most likely be required to mend the wound after it is flushed out. Baytril will most likely be prescribed as a general antibiotic to avoid infection. Your vet may have you wash the area with an antiseptic or spray it with a solution of 10% hydrogen peroxide diluted in water. Lacerations beneath the feet are very serious and will require extra special care after surgery to ensure it doesn’t become infected. In this case your duck will likely require special quarters that are kept very clean. Clean pine shavings work best at keeping things sanitary during the healing phase.

Once your duck is safe and sound, you need to determine the cause of the laceration and eliminate it so no further injuries occur.

Intestinal Flukes (Cyathocotyle bushiensis)

Flukes are a type of flatworm or trematode. Even mild Fluke infestations can lead to cecal hemorrhaging and death. Although uncommon among domestic ducks, they can become infected after eating snails that are commonly found around the Great Lakes in the U.S.


The presence of fluke worms can be confirmed by fecal exam. Symptoms of fluke worms include weight loss, lethargy, fever, diarrhea and dehydration.


Praziquantel found in Drontal Plus is commonly prescribed to treat fluke worms.

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