Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Stuck duck in center of lake quickly frozen over after the winter storm and temperature drop. He couldn't get any purchase on the smooth ice- flapping and clawing to no avail. How his 7 associates made it across to stay under the dock is a mystery to me. (I suspect that they better anticipated the lake freezing but who knows nature?)
So a rescue was in order and three days later , and after a warmup to 18°F, I managed to devise a plan involving a raft, rope, and hunting knives since the ice was too thin and creaky for me to walk on yet.
But keeping them in the duckhouse is another problem even though that is where the food is (mostly dried corn). They will eat then shoot right back out into the lake even though the fencing for the area extends out into the lake to capture about 6 feet of water. They are domesticated but not at all very controllable.
Duck freaks when I get to it but didn't have the strength or the means to get away. Grabbed it and brought it back to shore by pulling on the rope where waiting black dog further freaks out duck--fortunately it had not eaten in several days! (The duck not the dog)
But all is well; at least in this little corner of the story.