Thursday, January 30, 2014
Sad Duck News
When Poppy and I got up this morning it was 2 degrees!!! I don't remember it ever being this cold before! Ever! Neither humans nor animals around these parts are used to such weather!
Our poor, poor old male Muscovy duck was frozen to death in the pond this morning. His mate was near death. Her tail feathers were frozen under the ice, pinning her down. In the picture below, she is on the left, after being rescued, and that's her feathers in the icy pond. Poppy had already pulled the dead male out of the frozen pond.
Poppy got a long handled brush, one he rigged up for cleaning the drain pipe in the pond. With the extra long handle he tried pulling the old female, but she was frozen tight. Using the heavy brush end on the long handle he managed to break the ice around her enough so that the next time he pulled her, she broke free, leaving several tail feathers sticking up in the ice...
My heart is broken. We got these two ducks in 2002 when they were just babies.
According to info on line, the life expectancy of a Muscovy duck is seven years. This pair was going on 12 years old. I am hoping the old female will be okay. She did eat some corn earlier.
Here the sun had come out and melted some of the snow...
With wild animals lurking during the night, being able to swim away has probably kept the ducks safe these many years. Guess we will never know what happened last night.
It will take time to get over losing our sweet old male duck. He was such a pet. He liked Old Roy dog food and would waddle up to the kitchen window and stand there wagging his tail until we saw him.
Thank for your shoulder...