Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Sunday, July 22, 2012 11:37 AM
I think it's important to provide enrichment for domestic animals. Whether you're throwing a ball for your dog or using a string to play with your cat, it keeps them stimulated mentally, emotionally, and physically.
In other stimulating news, the duck pond has been drained into the orchard (liquid fertilizer) and is ready to be refilled. They'll be getting some feeder fish today which stimulates their natural dabbing behavior. It also provides a mental and physical challenge which results in a physical and emotional reward. Finally, it provides them with an excellent alternate source of protein that is appropriate for their dietary needs.
While Bonnie and Mary love this treat, it will be interesting to see how the 5 little ducklings react. If their eagerness to eat every last little dot of duckweed I give them is any indication, it should prove rather entertaining. Unfortunately, it will also be a short and supervised session. Although they love swimming in the tub, they don't have much in the way of feathers. So I have to pull them back out after about 10 minutes so they don't get waterlogged and drown. That means the ramp to the tub has to always be up for now except when I provide enrichment for them. Soon enough it'll be back to free access. They grow so fast!