I think I have found a solution for Ronna the duck's disintegrating nest problem...
An old shallow beehive box contains Mama and eggs quite nicely! Ronna's eggs were rolling all over the place and getting walked on by the lughead drakes. She had also made her nest right near one of the feeders, a high-traffic area. So I moved the feeder, and put the box around her nest, shoring it up with some clean wood shavings. She seems quite pleased with it all and the eggs have stayed put since I put this together yesterday.
Of course, there are now ELEVEN eggs, which is something I have to deal with. We don't need 11 more ducks! I have marked all the eggs with a Sharpie marker (as per my crusty farmer friend's instructions) so I will know if anyone is laying new ones in there.
It was a rainy day here but the ducks didn't seem to mind. I took a picture of some of them preening their sodden selves under the lamp this evening:
And a little kitty fix...
Here's Gordon enjoying the company of Alex and Naomi! Now, Alex used to be overweight but he isn't now, and the photo is very unflattering to him. So I took another pic of him sitting up yesterday, with his new svelte physique:
Since I put him on a raw diet, he has lost about four pounds and weighs about ten, where he should be (he's a big cat but he only has three legs!) Now I want him to maintain this weight. Not surprisingly, he is MUCH happier and more active these days. I just could not get him to lose weight while he was on kibble, but the raw diet I've got them all on has worked wonders for Alex. He was very resistant to switching from kibble at first, but he's doing great now.
And Emily is just a little sweetie who needs to grow into her ears! This is her in a rare moment of repose.
Enjoy your weekend!