I wrote this post last month but somehow forgot to publish it. Sorry about that!
On Tuesday’s, Marcus meets with a gym trainer so I’m the one to get the ducks up and collect eggs. This morning, there were only two eggs (one in the new nesting box and one under the large table). All the ducks got a Foot Check yesterday and apparently it stresses out one of them enough to not lay an egg. “Limping Buff” (who our neighbor Peggy tells me is named “Buffington”) managed to jump out of my arms while I was trying to check a small spot of bumblefoot on her right foot, so maybe it was her? Either way, immediately after my enthusiastic “Three Eggs a Day!” post, the ducks decide to only lay two. 😉
Most of the ducks got a spray of Blu Kote (purchased for $5.99 from this eBay seller ) even if the bumblefoot looked cleared up or their feet looked odd in any way, just in case. Welshie and “Limping Buff” were the only ones who had bumblefoot anyway and very mild cases at that. Previously I had been spraying their feet with Vetericyn but that didn’t really seem to be doing much. (Besides annoying the ducks, of course, since they don’t really enjoy being caught, flipped on their backs and pinned with one arm while I do weird things to their feet with the other. I do always give them meal worms afterwards though, to apologize.)
While I was out with the ducks this morning, I took a video of them taking a bath. But despite the clean, fresh water I had just given them, they kept stopping to look longingly out at all the lovely mud and huge puddles out in the yard, just waiting to be splashed in. Sigh. I guess the water is always wetter on the other side. 😉
After they finished getting clean, I let them run around in the yard. The silly things are always so very excited to splash around in the puddles! When I put them back in their pen, they looked like they had been rolling in mud! Which of course meant that they all had to take another bath. 😉