Lessie’s New Wingman
Today we took Olivia the chicken to the vet and picked up a new rescued duck while we were there.
This duck was dumped in Magnolia, Seattle and was caked with feces and mud. He likely never had a deep water bowl, tub or pool to clean his face. He had a check-up and a negative fecal test at the vet, so he came home with us right away.
Look how much better he looks after taking a few baths today while I was at work! That stuff caked around his eyes was mud and feces. It’s tough to be a dumped duck.
The new guy was thought to be a girl, because he’s kind of small. But he is a muscovy-mallard hybrid male duck, and he sounds just like a hybrid we had named Kozmo Kirby. He is fairly young, and fairly unfriendly to humans. But he walked right up to Ramona and gave her sass, which made Ramona chase him mercilessly around the yard, around the pond and under shrubbery. He finally ran to me for safety, and I picked him up to save him from the mean Ramona monster.
Once he was safe from the Ramona monster, he started to hang out with Lester, and quickly decided that Lester was his new best friend. In this video you can hear his Kozmo-like hybrid boy voice.
And boy does he ever love Lester! Lessie is not sure what to make of his new, young wingman. I think he’d like him to back up a bit and stop preening his feathers and snuggling and cuddling though. Ramona, as you can tell, is still trying to get to the new guy to beat him up. I thought about moving Ramona in with O’Malley and Petunia, or putting Ramona with O’Malley and asking Petunia to room with the new guy, but the new guy chose Lester. Lester has his hands full keeping both the Ramona monster and the new guy in check, but I think he can handle it. I let them spend the night together and checked on them a few times to make sure the new guy was giving Lester a break. He adores Lester, even though Lester bites at him. I love that Lester finally has a buddy, and a sweet one at that. Hopefully they will continue to get along as the new boy grows up. It would be great to keep him forever, and it’d be wonderful for Lester to have a permanent wingman.
In other news, Olivia did good at the vet today. We will have the results of her blood work tomorrow. She has cataracts, which probably isn’t rare for a 10-year-old hen. And her head swelling is gone which means her cold is probably leaving too. Hopefully she’ll be fine. We just wanted to be safe.
That’s it for tonight.
Clucks and quacks,