OKAY, here is the weekends duck progress: the trapper quoted $650 which is VERY reasonable. So we are going to keep that in mind. My avian vet who also told me the ducks are responsible for making the chickens sick suggested relocating them. Muscovy ducks are an invasive species though here in Florida and I hate to spread any disease.
We talked to the neighbor who is responsible and where the ducks live. She is playing the blame game by pointing fingers at everyone else in the neighborhood are feeding them...I hate having to be peaceful with neighbors because there is a lot more that I would LOVE to say to her.
I told her that I don't mind having ducks, when we move I plan to get ducks...but SHE needed to let mother nature take its course on the lake by not protecting/feeding them when they were born. None of them were picked off by predators so 27 baby ducks is the result... otherwise we wouldn't be dealing with this.
She told us that she will take care of the situation. She and the neighbor two doors down have decided they want to do the dirty work and to eat them. So they are not going to waste. She is confident that if they have any disease it will be killed when she is cooking them.
As for the chickens, aside from the pox, they are also sneezing, my serama roo is hoarse, and some have watery eyes. I had them all on electrolytes and vitamins and now switched the entire flock on an antibiotic to help that and prevent a secondary infection.
My serama, showgirls, and silkie all had the poxine booster as chicks and are not showing signs. They are at the age where they need the full poxine vaccine now and I was scared it would get to them. I was told that I can give the flock members the vaccine who are not showing signs to prevent them from catching it. So I overnighted it and am expecting it to arrive today. This will be my first time doing this. Fingers crossed LOL.
Lesson learned. I will always vaccinate now. It isn't worth seeing this happen. Someone had told me fowl pox "isn't bad"...I don't think she loves her chickens the way I love mine though.
...NOW if we could only learn how to wipe out the mosquito species all would be well ;-P