I have a Muscovy hen that isn’t well. She is an older hen, but has been healthy up until now. She has been slow and seemed to have trouble breathing the last couple days. Now she defiantly has laboured breathing, gurgling, coughing or sneezing a little bit, small amount of fluid from nostrils and mouth. The right side of her chest looks enlarged. I know she obviously has an infection and fluid build up that can be caused by a number of issues but I cant find much info. This sounds stupid but… do ducks have crops that can get sour or impacted?? Or is the fluid on her lungs? Have you ever experienced this? Any idea what I can treat her with that doesn’t include a vet. Any insite would be appreciated!!
Duck Sounds Like She is Drowning! Help Please
I'm sorry that you're going through this.
I've never dealt with any sort of infection or sour crop.
A warm swim may help her from being depressed. Seems like a good swim and preen always makes my hens feel happier.
Something warm and extra nourishing like plain scrambled eggs or plain cooked oatmeal may help her while she's under the weather.
Perhaps one of the more experienced duck keepers can recommend other supporting treatments.