Some one is picking on Jemimah. She is a friendly, gentle Muscovy duck. Most of the summer she sat on one or another nest trying to hatch some babies. The second time she was successful, but the new puppies played too rough with the ducklings and they were killed. Jemimah did not give up, even though her eggs were not fertile, since the drake was eaten by the pigs earlier in summer. Finally, in late October, I destroyed her eggs and nest and forced her to go home. Poor Jemimah. She was not in good condition and has a delayed molt, but I suspect the hens picked on her emerging feathers until there was blood. Once there was blood, the cannibalistic chickens would continue to pick on her, possibly even kill her. So, she was removed to the hospital next door, aka, the rabbit cage. There is a shelter there for her and grain and water, and of course lots of grass hay. The bunnies get some carrots and lettuce from time to time, too and Jemimah loves lettuce. She will have to remain there until her wound is completely healed. Tomorrow, I will bathe her wing and remove the crusted blood, then put some healing salve on it and leave her to get better on her own. Unless she shows any signs of infection, which ducks rarely do, she should recover in a few weeks. Poor Jemimah.
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