Lenny, the blind 27-year-old (!) farm Mallard we adopted through the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry OSPCA is doing great!
As you can see, he had already quacked his way into Gordon's heart...
I wasn't sure how Lenny would fit in here, whether he'd be picked on (and have to be segregated), whether he'd find his way around, or what. But as you can see, he's doing great:
It was warm on Sunday (i.e. close to the freezing mark) so I put Lenny outside for a few hours and he seemed quite content. The other birds leave him pretty much alone, apart from a couple of girl ducks that occasionally nuzzle him.
Well, that said, Lenny WAS the victim of an attempted sexual assault by a rooster the other day! But neither party seemed too upset by the incident.
He looks good for an old fart, doesn't he? We have a routine now. We lock him in a wire cage within the duck coop at night, so that he can sleep undisturbed. He also gets breakfast and dinner (and his daily banana!) in there, to make sure he's getting enough food and water, although he has found the other duck feeders and doesn't seem to have any issues. Still, I don't want the others stealing food out from under him. Then during the day, I let him loose although he mainly stays in the duck coop. He does seem to be learning how to get around, though. He ventured out of the coop into the barn the other day, then found his way back in again.
Meanwhile, I have been working with the ponies. Finney is getting much better on the lunge line. If you don't know what this means, watch this video. Finney is NOT as good at it as the horse in this video!
On Sunday, he stopped midway and threw himself down in the snow for a good roll! I just missed getting a photo of that. Dork!
Afterwards, he and Esme spent a little time in the bigger pasture.
Emerson thought it would be fun to join us all there, until Finney decided to chase him. Finney is not a fan of cats!
Normally this wouldn't be a problem, but Emerson was having trouble out-running Finney in the snow. So he climbed up on me to escape the pony!
He was quite happy to hang out there for awhile.
Esme doesn't mind the cats at all. I think Finney just wants to show them he's boss!
Hope you're all having a good week.