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by , Keeper
I graduated from NCSU(go pack) and have worked in the animal department for about 8 years. Some of my favorites include ferrets and birds. I am also known for my weird obsession with Boba Fett.
I work Tuesday-Saturday in either the Farmyard or inside the main building behind the scenes.
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A loss in the department

January 7th, 2014

Sadly, I’m writing this blog to let you know about our most recent loss, Scout. Scout was a big part of my career here, he hatched only a few days before I started. We would pal around in the mornings together in the farmyard before the museum would open. You could call him and he would come to you, at night he would know how to get to his stall and depending what time of year it was you had to run from him so he wouldn’t attack your legs. Some of the times before we would open his stall in the morning I would shout “RELEASE THE QUACKEN!” (on homage to “Release the Kraken!” stated by Zeus in 1981′s Clash of the Titans .) He had the prettiest blue eyes and loved sweet potatoes.

Duck became ill and we brought him to the vet school where it was determined he had anemia and several other problems we cant be sure of until the necropsy results come in.

I was recently working on a blog about duck and his enrichment. I have decided to include it in this entry along with a slide show of Scout.

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  1. Keeper Comment :

    Who’s going to teach the kids that “anything with a mouth can bite”? I miss Ducky greatly, especially first thing in the morning when I’m raking the farmyard. It’s weird without him underfoot, perching on the trailer or bug hunting nearby.

    Posted by Sarah Van de Berg
  2. I didn’t know Scout as well as I suppose I should have, although I’ve heard plenty of stories of his daring escapades. All things considered, I’ve never met a bad duck. Scout
    will be missed.

    Posted by Ranger Greg
  3. Great video, Jill. I will miss duck greatly. I still have the small stuffed lion that we let him snuggle up to when he was a tiny duckling. It sits by my computer and I think of him whenever I see it.

    Posted by Marilyn
  4. Great video and tribute to a one of a kind duck! He will missed.

    Posted by Ranger Ro
  5. Hello!

    Posted by makers

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by , Keeper
I've been at the museum since 2010. I love to read and learn; it's rare that a day goes by at work when I'm not suppressing the urge to spew out something cool I just learned to my coworkers. In my spare time, I play the 'cello, snuggle my dog and reminisce about snowmen and Nor'easters.
I work Sunday through Thursday. You can find me raking the Farmyard in the morning or training the donkey and dwarf goats in the afternoon.

Trimming Duck’s Wings

February 13th, 2013

Have you ever wandered into the farmyard and asked yourself, “Why doesn’t the duck simply fly away?”

There are three answers:

1. He does, sometimes. As you can see here in an older post.

2. He seasonally has wing feathers trimmed to help keep him down on the ground.

3. At nearly 11 pounds, he’s a little bit too chubby to really get off the ground.

 

In the early spring and fall, Ducky molts (loses) his old feathers and grows a nice new set in. This would prepare him for long, seasonal migration flights, if he were a wild duck. These young feathers, called ‘blood’ or ‘pin’ feathers, have a great blood supply and birds need to be handled carefully when they’re coming in. Once the pin feathers grow out completely into flight feathers, we can safely trim them back to keep our duck grounded.

Keeper Kent holds Ducky snugly with Duck’s feet tucked into his arm to keep Katy safe from his claws. Kent is also extending Duck’s right wing in this photo

Duck wing extended

Keeper Katy extends Duck’s left wing and counts the feathers to be trimmed. 

Katy trims feathers

With rounded bandage scissors, Keeper Katy starts to trim away feathers

more feathers trimmed

You can see the small gap the missing feathers are creating in Duck’s wing, this is what stops him from flying.

weighing ducky

Kent and Katy place Ducky down onto a scale for weighing. The rubber bowl gives his feet traction so he doesn’t slide off the metal scale.

sitting duck

Trimming feathers might look a little rough, but it doesn’t seem to bother our duck very much.

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  1. do you need to do both wings?

    Posted by bette fredrickson
  2. Yes, Bette, we do trim both wings. If we only did one wing, our duck would be very off balance if he were to hop up onto a higher surface and try to flutter back down to the ground. With only one wing trimmed, he might spin or crash to the ground, but with both done, it takes him only 2 or 3 attempts before he figures out how to descend from higher ground safely.

    Posted by Sarah

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by , Keeper
I graduated from NCSU(go pack) and have worked in the animal department for about 8 years. Some of my favorites include ferrets and birds. I am also known for my weird obsession with Boba Fett.
I work Tuesday-Saturday in either the Farmyard or inside the main building behind the scenes.

Scout, the Muscovy Duck

December 10th, 2012

If you travel up to the farmyard, you will notice that we have a domesticated Muscovy duck named Scout. He doesn’t quack because Muscovy ducks hiss. Scout is 6 years old and I know this because he and I have been here at the museum the same time. He came as an egg from Keeper Kent. He hatched only a few days before I started working here. When he was little he was actually on display in  Carolina Wildlife in one of the snake exhibits…minus the snake of course. When he was a little bigger we would put him in a kiddie pool and let him swim around, it was kind of cute because he was afraid of the water at first . Eventually, he got big enough where we moved him into the farmyard during the day and he would follow us back to the building at night for safety. Now, Scout lives permanently in the farmyard.He had a brief roommate encounter with the pig, which you can read about here.

Scout has a lot of personality. He has his moments where he will wander around the farmyard before we open and search for bugs quietly. Majority of the time he is “talkative” and can be real moody.  He can be  nippy and likes to jump on ankles holding on with his feet and beak (it really hurts in the summer time).

Here at the museum the keepers love duck for who he is despite the mood he is in. Its just a part of who he is and we accept it.

If you have any questions about Scout, jot them down in the comment section.

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  1. I have been examinating out a few of your stories and i can claim pretty nice stuff. I will definitely bookmark your site.

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by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

All Grown Up

June 13th, 2012

Here’s a few then and now photos of some of your favorite Museum critters. Enjoy.

 

MAX OUR STEER 

then...smaller than Chummix Goat.

Now... 1500 pounds later

 

SCOUT OUR DUCK 

then...could fit on Kristen's hand

Now...no longer yellow, quiet, or able to fit on anyone's hand.

 

AUGGIE OUR PIG

Then... not much bigger than a bottle and awfully cute.

Now... still cute, but + 120

 

VIRGINIA BEAR

Then... 15 pounds and drinking from a bottle

Now...300 pounds and chewing through ice blocks

 

 

ME (really)

Then... even wore purple back then

 

 

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  1. And so very cute (you in purple– then and now).

    Posted by Michele

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by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

Poetry and so much more

August 27th, 2011

Whenever someone gets hurt by a Museum animal, we write a report. It’s a record so we can make sure safety procedures are followed, note any patterns, and adjust procedures accordingly.

Scout, our duck that lives in the Farmyard, is known, at times, for nipping at the legs of his caretakers. Sarah mentioned in our staff meeting that Scout  nipped at Intern Julia’s leg, and broke no skin. I told Sarah I looked forward to reading her Haiku and Sonnet report of the incident. Little did I know that she would take me up on both.

Enjoy!

Haiku
A summer duck bite:
a volunteer’s calf was bruised,
no Band-Aid needed

English (Shakespearean) Sonnet Form:
On Tuesday last, the morning sun did shine,
the small, white duck had wagged his feathered tail.
Bright morning light disturbed his slumber time,
and brought with it a world of screams and yells.

The steer had moo-ed for hay and purple shirts,
for hours before the Gator would arrive.
It’s not a wonder that the duck was curt,
he hadn’t slept a wink since half-past five!

Then when the intern showed up at his door,
he flapped and hissed and bit with rage abound.
He simply could not take anymore
his pent up anger must escape somehow.

I know the lack of sleep can make your whole day suck,
but when you’re Scout, you just don’t give a duck

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  1. I’m thinking Nobel Prize (Literature) for the Haiku and Rhysling Prize for the Sonnet. I’ll share my winnings with Ducky, of course…I wonder how many superworms a half-million dollars can buy…

    Posted by Sarah
  2. Hilarious!!!! Great job Sarah.

    Posted by Erin Brown
  3. Nobel literature prize? Is this not grand enough for the Nobel Peace prize?!?

    Posted by Sherry
  4. Keeper Comment :

    hahaha that’s awesome Sarah!!

    Posted by Marilyn Johnson

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