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Groundsman finds duck nesting in OVEN!

For Missy the Muscovy duck, this dry and warm shelter would have appeared like the perfect place to create a nest for her eggs.

But the bird was dangerously close to becoming a roast duck after unwittingly setting up home in a large furnace.

Groundsman Mario Kopitski, 46, was shocked to discover the duck and twelve eggs nesting in the replica 5ft Norman smelting oven moments before he was about to light it.

Lucky duck: A groundsman was shocked to discover this duck nesting in a furnace - moments before he was due to light it Lucky duck: A groundsman was shocked to discover this duck nesting in a furnace – moments before he was due to light it

He was on his daily round of lighting three smelting ovens in the in the nine acre grounds of Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted, Essex, when he discovered the white duck and its eggs.

The 25-year-old replica oven is used for cooking bread and reaches temperatures of up to 200C.

Mr Kopitski said despite a variety of animals residing at the farm, including 25 other Muscovy ducks, peacocks and deer, none had ever made their nest in such an unusual place.

‘I’m so relieved I checked the oven when I did – otherwise poor Misty would have been toast,’ he said.

‘It was a real shock to see her sat there and I’m so pleased her and the eggs are safe.’

Home sweet home: The duck has now been allowed to remain in the furnace until her eggs hatchHome sweet home: The duck has now been allowed to remain in the furnace until her eggs hatch

Alan Goldsmith, who has been curator of the 200AD castle for thirty years, said the duck was incredibly lucky to be alive.

‘It’s awful to think that in a few seconds poor Missy could have been roast duck,’ he said.

‘We’ve decided to leave her there in peace until the eggs hatch in 28 days time and then her ducklings will join her around the grounds.

‘I just can’t get over what a close call she had, it’s been a complete surprise to all of us here.’

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1274401/Crispy-roast-duck-boiled-eggs-Groundsman-finds-duck-nesting-OVEN.html#ixzz2Wldd1GXQ

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Police now involved in Muscovy duck killing

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. —Police officers are looking into outrage over the massacre of Muscovy ducks at a pond in Ormond Beach.

The homeowners association hired a company, Trutech, to remove the nuisance ducks a Trails subdivision pond, but the removal horrified residents.

Residents said the ducks were shot with pellets and left in the pond to drown.

“To see something struggle to keep its head up so he wouldn’t drown and just going back in the water, I mean that’s just, it’s just terrible,” John Schreiner said.

Ormond Beach police sent criminal complaints against the two workers to the State Attorney’s Office

Residents shared pictures of ducks dead or dying in the water, their carcasses littered the shoreline.

They said not only did the ducks suffer, Trutech employees didn’t bag the animals afterward, but just left them on the grass and in the pond.

A company spokesman refuses to say whether the workers were disciplined or whether they are making any changes to removal procedures. In an email, they did say they followed Fish and Wildlife Commission protocol.

“We are cooperating with the Ormond Beach Animal Services and the Ormond Beach Police Department as they evaluate the ducks’ removal,” the company said in a statement.

Outraged witnesses told us they don’t need time to evaluate anything.

“You want to move a duck or ducks in this case, that’s fine, but to show up here early in the morning and kill them and just leave them here, is just shocking,” John Griffin said.

It is unclear whether the State Attorney’s Office will file charges.

Source: http://www.wesh.com/news/central-florida/volusia-county/police-now-involved-in-muscovy-duck-killing/-/12983450/20283938/-/9idant/-/index.html#ixzz2UDLqMYUr

Mystery over dead ducks at town that inspired famous Sherlock Holmes tale

A quiet market town famed for its community of monks and a local legend that is said to have inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write The Hound of the Baskervilles is embroiled in its own murder mystery.

A population of Muscovy ducks living in a popular park in the centre of the town has been hit by an unidentified illness  Photo: Alamy

Residents of Buckfastleigh, close to Buckfast Abbey on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, Devon, fear they have a poisoner in their midst.

A population of Muscovy ducks living in a popular park in the centre of the town has been hit by an unidentified illness that has killed 17 of the birds, leaving many to suspect foul play.

Tensions in Buckfastleigh, which has a population of just over 3,000, have escalated in recent months over the presence of the ducks in the town’s Orchard Millennium Green.

While many residents and visitors enjoy feeding the animals as they stroll around the park, others feel they are a menace whose droppings are ruining the surroundings.

Now the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are investigating the deaths and experts are conducting an autopsy on one of the bodies in an attempt to get to the bottom of the unexplained deaths.

Andrew Rudgley, chairman of the Orchard Millennium Green Trust which runs the park, said initial tests suggested the ducks may have been the victim of a virus.

But he added: “I can’t honestly say that there are not people here who would like to get rid of them.
“There is a degree of conflict between some members of the community over the ducks.

“We have been told by the RSPCA that it is probably Duck Viral Enteritis but we are still waiting for the final test results.”

Local residents, however, fear there is a more dastardly culprit after months of acrimony over the presence of the animals.

While some claim the animals are a nuisance that create a mess in the park and make them unwilling to bring their children there, others have launched a petition to help keep the ducks in the town, which they say are an important tourist attraction.

Buckfastleigh is a quiet market town that lies beside the Benedictine monastery at Buckfast. A story surrounding the death of Richard Cabel, Lord of the Manor of Brook, west of the town, is rumoured to have been the basis of the Sherlock Holmes mystery The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Pam Barrett, who lives near to the green, said: “We’ve looked after many of these ducks since they were hatched and we’re mystified.

“Two weeks ago one of the female ducks was fine in the morning and by that night she had died.

“That was followed by a drake the next day and two days later another.

“We know the illnesses they get and they were dying in a really peculiar fashion we’ve never seen before.

“We’ve tried treating them at the vets and with antibiotics and fluids, but it hasn’t worked.
“It could potentially be a poisoning – naturally occurring or deliberately introduced.

“We had one shot through the neck a couple of weeks ago.

“I was nursing another duck the other day waiting for the RSPCA and I got a huge amount of abuse from some people for being there.”

Source: http://newsofbird.com/2013/05/24/mystery-over-dead-ducks-at-town-that-inspired-famous-sherlock-holmes-tale/

Urban Duck Keeping

Keeping any poultry can be immensely rewarding but it can also be a challenge when you live in an urban environment and have foxes or raccoons to contend with.  Mackenzie from Simply Human Blog tells us all about her ducks, their home and the challenges she’s faced setting up her ducks  in the city of Colarado Springs in the US.

“Mackenzie from Simply Human Blog here.  I wanted to take a minute to introduce you to our ducks.  This is our duck pen.  It’s 150 square feet down on the ground and we have a lot of raccoons and foxes in the area, we buried the fencing down one foot to make sure nothing was able to dig under it.  As you can see it’s one inch by half inch at the bottom, and the top is one inch by two inch mesh so it covers the whole ceiling so nothing can get down in there.  Our ducks are now about two months old, we got them on April 4th, well they were hatched on April 4th.  And they’re gonna be quite noisy as I move around here as they think I’m gonna feed them weeds.  The beauty of ducks is all I do is weed my garden and throw em in there with them, in addition to the feed I give them.  The feed is an organic corn, like a meal type of a thing, it’s been working out great.  I feed myself organic, so I wanted to feed these guys organic.  It costs me a little bit more.  You can see the ramp that leads up to their main housing.  And i have two buckets down here for them to play in and drink.  They need to be changed about twice a day, and long term I’ll probably put a third bucket out there so they don’t need me to do that.  Also I’m gonna put a platform in here, where the floor drains into some tubs.  I’ll show you the floor in their main house, with the water and that drains in to some tubs and makes the clean up really easy.  If you know anything about ducks, they are very messy, they dig around in their water and spit it out all over the ground, dig down into the ground.  And in an effort to keep that cleaner, I’m going to build a platform here.”

“OK, let me take you into the cage.  They’re gonna get loud for a minute, but I wanna be able to show you the inside of their pen.  This is the main part of their house.  I only put them in here at night and sometimes they come up here during the day, but not very often.  This is the light I used when they were younger.  I haven’t used it in a while so I should probably pull it out of there.  Colarado Springs law requires that we have 4ft of indoor space per any fowl.  So that’s why I have such a large indoor space for them.  And I’ll take you round the backside of the pen here.  This door is for clean out.  It makes the cleaning out of the pen quite easy.  This door is where their food is kept when they’re inside their pen.  It’s just a small room that leads into their main house, and there’s a door on this side that leads into their water.  I did this because that way they won’t be able to drag that much water from their water dish into their sleeping quarters.  It keeps it drier and it works out splendidly.  This is their water shed.  This is a 5 gallon self waterer.  I clean it out and fill it every other day.  The floor is wire mess and underneath it is a slanted tin floor, that helps keeps the water draining out into the tubs that I have.  It keeps the smell down.  I can just spray this clean, it works out very nicely for it’s purposes.  Here are the tubs.  And I empty them out about every other day.  They don’t get very full unless I leave them for several days.  When they’re full I empty them on the compost pile.  It keeps the moisture level in my compost up.  This is the HOT compost right now, when I clean out the cages, I’m surrounded by neighbours on all sides, and to keep the smell down I always dig back the compost pile and put their old bedding underneath and cover it up with the old compost, that helps to keep the smell down.  It’s done a great job so far; no complaints from the neighbours.  I worry more about the noise than I do about the smell. I hardly have a problem with the smell at all, I keep em pretty clean.”

“The floor of the pen is covered with straw, that only need to be cleaned up every two months, it doesn’t get too bad in there.  The inside has wood chips  And I use wood chips and wood shavings, and those I clean up about once a month otherwise the ammonia smell gets too strong.  They are not supposed to be able to fly, these breeds, at least any distance.  Well as you can see they’re quite entertaining.  My husband and I have enjoyed having them in the yard and watching them play.  It’s just been a great time.  There’s a lot of discussion about whether to have ducks or chickens, we did ducks specifically because we could have a male here in the city limits.  With chickens, because of roosters being so loud, we’re no allowed to have a male, that means we can’t raise our own young.  And it’s cheaper probably, in the long run to raise our own young, so that’s why we went with ducks.  A little more work in the interim, but we rather enjoy them.  They’re very meditative.  I love watching them play in their water.  As you can see they’re quite rambunctious.  Anyway, until the next time”.