Posted 16 May 2012 - 10:26 PM
the problem now is with the big one. he was always so very healthy until the other day when he started limping as well, but in a very different way. he is clearly injured. his foot is swollen. i'm chalking it up to that he can't make it over the step in the pool.
i put them in my unchlorinated pool everyday, and they swim and usually wait for me to come get them out. but the big one had decided that he was going to fly out, despite that he didn't quite have all his feathers.
but his injury is always getting better. so what i really wanted to ask you far more knowledgeable people about is the flying thing.
he wants to fly. they both want to fly. i'm not a duck. i don't know how to teach them aside from doing the airplane thing that people do with their babies. they do seem to really like it. they start flapping. but don't they have to be able to run to fly.
i'm sure that the big one thinks that he can circumvent letting his leg heal by flying instead. but i don't know how to tell him that and if he keeps trying the way that he is, he is certainly going to keep reinjuring his foot.
the big one is fully feathered now, but it hasn't been all that long. he can't run and pick up speed.
the little one, well, i've always thought that he would surely die before getting this old, but he's doing great. his neck is crooked and he isn't much to look at, but he runs faster than the devil, but he doesn't have his feathers yet.
so basically what i'm saying is that i've got one duck with a bum foot who wants to fly and one duck with no flying feathers who runs fine and also wants to fly.
what do i do with these guys? i imagine they must get hurt a lot when they're still learning.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 01:50 AM
They do enjoy flapping, and when you flap with them, it's a good exercise and they get a kick out of it. But I would be astonished if either of them was ever able to get any lift.
Keep up with the vitamins, and exercise/play with them but do not expect them to fly. Trying to fly is just high spirits, just like a human child trying to fly.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 02:14 AM
they both really want it so badly though.
well, that's it then, i guess that i'm going to have to quit my job and devote my life to changing evolution then.
i believe what you're saying of course, but i don't know if i can except it. even if i have to make some kind of contraption to simulate flying like they have at disney, then that's what i'll have to do.
they both have their hearts set on it.
thanks for being knowledgable and telling me though. it hurts but i did need to know.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 02:19 AM
Posted 17 May 2012 - 02:30 AM
when he jumps into the pool, he puts his little wings out and flaps, and it gives a little lift. i'm thinking maybe when he gets his permanent feathers, it might console him a bit that he can at least do that.
in all seriousness though, i think that the big one is depressed that he can't fly. he flaps about a hundred times a day. and i pick him up and do airplane and he's clearly so into the idea of it.
what am i going to do? he's going to be so depressed. i know that birds get depressed. what am i going to do?
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