I have spent all day trying to come up with a proper title as well as time to write. I find I write better at my computer, but due to this duck (Lucy) being difficult, i haven’t had a chance to sit at a computer. So I am writing this post on my phone, while sitting in the shop with Lucy.
I should first give a bit of back story as to why Lucy is in the shop to begin with. A couple of weeks ago, i noticed her bum covered in clumps of poop and quite swollen as well. So I had to take her to our sick pen in the shop to start treatment. One of the best ways to get dried poop off of a ducks bum (that I know of) is to have them soak it off in a tub of water. But Lucy decided she didn’t want to stay in the water. Honestly, I have never had a duck fight me to stay away from the water!
The first attempt we made was to place her in the usual tub we have for ducks who need a soak. It does happen occasionally that a duck needs to be brought to the shop for this bc it is too cold in the winter for a pool. Her feet barely touched the water before she was flying out and splashing me and my dad in the process. Multiple tries later and we had managed to get her in the water for a total of maybe 5 minutes. We were soaked! We can’t understand her unusual aversion to water. She normally loves water.
I have tried multiple tubs of different shapes and sizes. She manages to soak me and get out of each and every one of them. I have had more time soaked in water than she has I think! Lol
I have been feeling a bit defeated because of my inability to figure out how to get her to soak. I finally came up with an idea that seems to work, even if she still puts up a huge fight in the process. We have an extra large cat litter box that we don’t use which is completely enclosed so she can’t fly out. If i can manage to fight with her that i can get her in through the front hole, She stays put for about 30 minutes at a time. She would pout if ducks could pout. Lol when i finally let her come out, She definitely gives me some serious stink eye before waddling off quickly out of my reach.
Why does she fight me when i try to put her in a tub of water? I wish I knew. I just hope this new solution will help her heal finally. I know her bum has to be quite sore so the sooner she can heal, the better.
Below is a photo of Lucy (in front) and Martha (in the back) when they managed to escape their pen in the summer. The video (if it plays) is Lucy today in the litter box and Marshal and Roxy keeping her company. Although they may have been more bratty than helpful! Lol