I put this thread in the disease thread first and am moving it here after someone suggested it might be better placed here. so I apologize if that is not allowed.
I have a 3 year old female pekin that is not doing well.
Here are Her symptoms:
Hasn't laid any eggs in a few weeks, even given the time of year, for the past two years she has laid all through out winter, though the weather has been snowy and cold lately and she is getting older so I attributed it to that.
Her abdomen last night was very hard and distended, this morning it was fairly hard but I was able to push into it more.
She feels very heavy composted to her normal weight and looks like she had actually lost some weight in the breast area, probably from the staph infection I found in her foot.
She is still pooping but it's always a brown runny consistency. I will try to get a picture of that.
I think I feel an egg in there but I am not sure.
She is losing her feathers rapidly and given its still winter it's a little early for that and she is the only one in my flock doing so.
She will not let me lay her on her back. And is very agitated today, not a normal thing for her.
I have found two spots on her foot that may have been bumblefoot that is now healing. I did not notice her limping but we just got through a 3 foot snow storm and I injured my foot so I wasn't able to be out there much. So I was considering the possibility of two issues occurring. The staph infection and maybe egg bound? Or is a late term systemic infection from the bumble foot. And if that is the case will antibiotics even be effective? I have applied vetrycin, Hence the vet wrap on her foot.
I have placed her in warm water and she had no problems preening. Though she seems to keep pulling at Her feathers underneath.
She is eating.
She is feeling warm.but I've never taken a temp from a duck.
I have never done a vent exam so I am leary to do that though I will if needed, I just don't want to do any damage.
She also is having difficulty breathing when I lay her back to examine her stomach so I can't hold her there long. She starts wheezing and sort of moaning.
We have no vets in the area that will take ducks.
I included a frontal picture , a lower body picture,a picture of her most recent poo,She had peas last night so this morning it was green and not brown and now she passed the white and clear poo. and in the picture of me holding her, my fingers are placed on either side of a hard lump (maybe egg?), you can see the placement of it, though obviously when she stands it appears much farther down the body, and I can shift it a little though I don't want to in case it causes damage or pain.
Anyone have some suggestions? Better diagnostic procedures?