This group of ten girls came from a massive neglect case at a restaurant called "The Barn" located in Smithville, Ohio. Along with over one hundred other ducks, they were bought and abandoned by the restaurant owners and members of the public on a dirty, filthy pond located on the restaurant's property. Each year, the ducks would die and be repeatedly replaced by people who felt entitled to seeing them during their restaurant visit. These beautiful individuals were the last group to ever suffer on that pond. Their brothers and sisters had broken bones, nerve damage, severe emaciation, staph infections, lice, respiratory illness, and other indications of horrible neglect by the hands of a restaurant that fought tooth and nail not to relinquish them to safety. Good Sprout Rescue & Sanctuary worked for months (from November to March) to free them, and now all 109 ducks and geese live wonderful lives at sanctuaries and private homes.
These girls went their whole lives unnamed, unmonitored, and uncared for. Now they live in a place where they know they are free to be ducks in the safety of sanctuary. Ducks know when they are safe, and these girls are testament to that. They love to chase bugs, swim in our pools, and socialize with the other resident ducks. Some, like Matilda, are more outgoing with people - while others are more shy and skittish! They are all beautiful Rouen, Khaki Campbell, and Saxony mixes, flightless and dependent on humans for survival. We are so happy that the rescue community of central Ohio saved their lives and that these girls can live with us happily forever.