They are doing great. I need to get some good close photos of them, the variation in their coloring is mild but makes such a difference in their faces.
We lost one last week. I wasn’t sure if she was sick or injured, but she was in real respiratory distress and spent almost a week living in the bathtub. Thanks to my sister I gave her a couple of days of antibiotics but when nothing changed and she was clearly suffering, we put her down.
I opened her up to see what happened. I was worried whatever caused her breathing problem could spread to the other ducks. I think she had some sort of trauma-maybe ate a piece of metal, as they do. Metal and glass things work up out of the ground here constantly. She had multiple blood clots blocking her trachea, and the clots were all more than an inch long.
I’m so glad we put her down. She would have suffered with that horrible respiratory distress until she slowly starved to death. Poor thing. Thankfully, everyone else seems fine and still dumb and silly and like a school of feathered fish.