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duckling cough?

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I'm new to having ducks. We got two last week from TSC. I think they are coming up on 3 weeks old. One has been making a noise which I originally thought was a different type of noise-since I know starting around 5-9 weeks they get their "quack". But now I'm wondering if it's a cough. It sounds a little like a quack or honk noise. Anyone have any idea? Also if it is a cough-anything I can do? I've got a 3 year old and though it's part of having animals she's going to be so sad if it doesn't live. Me too as it's my favorite:hit

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Ok so I just realized that the sound the duckling is making is with it's mouth closed. If it was a cough would it's mouth open? It does sound like it has something like a stuffy nose when I put my ear to it. It does have enough water to dip it's whole beak. Anyone?

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I would let the little one have a nice brooder-temperature bath, give him or her a chance to really clear those nares.

 

And at that age, it could be the voice change.  My Runners started getting their adult voices starting at about 3 weeks.

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I did let them have a nice warm bath tonight and they are under their lamp now. (I have two a Pekin and one I can't decide if it's a runner or KC) except now they both sound like they have stuffy noses. They played a lot during the bath so not lethargic but they are so young I'm worried it's the start of an upper respitory infection. Their conditions at TSC didn't look great. Can young ducklings get a stuffy nose and get over it? Thanks for responding Amiga. I've been looking over threads all day on here and I noticed that you are a huge help and wealth of information!
post #5 of 6
If it seems they have something going on, get them to a vet if possible. Best not to wait too long. In the meantime, give them opportunity to keep their nares clear, keep them at the proper temps, away from drafts, make sure food and bedding are not moldy. Be sure vet knows ducks can get bacterial, viral or fungal lung problems (some seem only to check for and treat bacterial).

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post #6 of 6

I purchased my babies on Saturday, and they sounded a bit stuffy.  I actually had a duckling die, right after we brought it home. :(

So, I went to a feed store up the road, and bought some antibiotics that you put in water.  They were on antibiotics for 24 hours (that's what the package said to do), and they have cleared up since, no more problems.  Just be careful about the dosage.  Ducks can easily overdose on medication, that's why ducklings cannot have medicated starter feed.

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