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Does anyone know what this colour/texture of duck poo is normal or abnormal or what it could mean/be?

post #1 of 8
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I have a few of my ducks that are pooing out this really bright lime green poo and wondered if it was normal.  

 

They have recently changed environment but i don't think it would be because of that, they don't seem to be eating as much as they use to either, could it be because of breeding season or worms? or an infection i am not aware of?

 

I don't have an avian vet in my area, so have no choice but to research online but nothing seems to be popping up.

 

So anyone with any info would be very helpful 

 

Thanks!

 

post #2 of 8

Nope, that does not look normal.  Is it really that thick and dry, or is the poop on an absorbent material?  It is hard to tell in the picture. 

Learning through living with my 8 ducks -  1 Chocolate Runner, 1 Blue Runner, 1 Fawn and White Runner, 1 Khaki Campbell, 2 Welsh Harlequins and 2 Pekins
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post #3 of 8
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No that is the poo itself, my other ducks one looks more watery than this one but more light green than dark. 

 

It also only seem to be the male ducks that are having this issue, my females are perfectly fine at the moment.

 

Any idea what it could mean, like what could be causing it?

 

The male duck that produced the poo in the picture above is a bit underweight, not sure if he is eating properly or not, but he is drinking and is alert to his surroundings.

post #4 of 8
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The poo was done in a crate that i had put the duck in, as i was concerned about his weight and this morning i notice in their penning area the odd colouration of the poo and wondered if it was his, so i decided to isolate him with his female companion,

observing them throughout the afternoon, also seeing if he was eating and drinking properly.  He didn't eat so far today, he had a bit of water, he seems alert.

 

The females poo was normal, but his came out like the picture above, it may have been a bit moist... I'm not entirely sure as i picked it up with a paper towel to place into a container. It only seems to be the male ducks that are having this issue, i've noticed 2 of them so far with poos like this, the other male had a more watery lime coloured one than the one in the picture.

 

The females poos are all fine so i'm wondering if its due to breeding season/stress, or just the change enviroment, maybe an infection or worms?

post #5 of 8

I would have them checked for worms.  It would explain the weight loss.  I was able to find a dog vet near me that was willing to check the poop for worms.  It was really nice to be able to rule it out at least.  are all of the ducks penned together?  Eat the same food?  Is there something that only the males or only the females would have been exposed to?  What exactly do they eat?  Poultry pellets?  Veggies?  Treats?

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post #6 of 8
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They are all penned together. Exept 3 of them...

 

I have 8 mallard/grey ducks, one pekin and 2 pekin/mallard, the pekin and mixed breeds are separate to the mallards/grey ducks; due to size difference.

 

They all use to live in one area at one point until i noticed the smaller birds were getting bullied by the bigger birds, some of them look like they have bumble foot due to having been on concrete and sat on by the bigger bird. Could that be another reason?

 

I feed them layer pellets, wheat & royal canin kitten biscuit (just to try and fatten them up), they have little bit of grass but not a lot and the grass is a lighter color to the grass that i had at my old place. Oh and also i buy them insects sometimes.

 

There is absolutely nothing i can think of that the males may have gotten into that the females wouldn't have, as they've lived together since they were babies.

post #7 of 8

Maybe you shouldn't be feeding the males layer pellets.  That is what mine are eating right now, but they eat so many other things, they are only getting about half a ration of feed a day.  When the weather gets colder, I plan to change my males to an all flock pellet, because there will be less foraging, and they will consume their full ration of feed. Your drakes may be getting too much calcium.  It's the only thing I can think of other than checking them for parasites. 

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post #8 of 8
Looks way too green and dry to be normal. Add not eating as much and weight loss?

-Kathy
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