Monday was freezing. I borrowed an Arctic Expedition jacket which kept me toasty warm all day. But what about the birds? Well, those species or individuals thats are most susceptible to the cold were brought in doors. The old, the young, and the ones that originate from exceedingly hot parts of the world. Straw was renewed and poofed. And shovels were lined up in an easy to get to place.
The Big Freeze came Monday night. It rained in the night, but the ground was so cold that the rain ☔ water froze on impact. It looked just like snow. But it was not snow. No snow angels, men, or balls!
The Magpie geese were comical looking. They are primitive birds. The ancestor to all geese and swans. They lack certain evolutionary adaptations, such as substantial water-proofing on their feathers. On Tuesday morning they were all walking around with icicle feathers.
I had to shovel my way in to aviaries, break ice in ponds to give the birds drinking water, and ensure every bird could reach feed. They all seemed rather happy. Though disgruntled that I purely topped up standard feed, and gave them no treats (they go nuts for millet, it seems to be their version of chocolate!).
The barn was rather full of extra birds all over the place. All nice and warm. The indoor duckery ponds a very sociable scene.
A few swans had to be carried to their pond, as ice walking just proved to be too much for them. They never showed their appreciation.
The overly aggressive Cereopsis geese were still charging at anyone who passed by, though slipping and sliding all over the place. I laughed out loud. They’d do the same to me!
I watched ducks skidding and comically sliding backwards all over the place. I giggled politely behind my hand. Ducks are such cute funny little beings on an ordinary day! It was all too funny, but I didn’t wish to hurt their prides!
Another hilarious site… A Magpie goose hogging a heat lamp like she owned it. Two wee ducks standing nearby, gazing at the said heat lamp, almost like they were hoping the goose would get the hint and budge up a bit!
We spent the whole afternoon ice breaking with shovels. Tough physical work. The ducks delighted in chasing and eating the floating bits of ice. Still playing and still finding pleasure. Adorable little beings.
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