Ducks injured by Racoon attack
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They are likely in shock.
I would set up a chute similar to what cattle people use, just alot smaller, so that I could get them into a spot where I could lift them. I would put them in a tub of lukewarm water, no soap.
In the tub, you can watch them closely, see how they move. It will clean them off. It will help them relax a little.
There may be puncture wounds around the vent or under the wings or near the tops of the legs. You need to be able to assess the condition of each.
You may need to give them antibiotics if they have puncture wounds that get infected.
I would give them vitamins with probiotics and electrolytes right away to help with the shock.
They are traumatized - it will affect their behavior.
They need to be in a safe place. I would consider moving them to a different shelter at least for a while.
Sorry for your losses. Please keep us updated.
So my only drake that survived the coon attack over a week ago has been refusing to extend his neck. He holds it close to his body at all times. He will drink, but not eat. I have personally seen him run over to dropped food, only to lower his head a bit and then unable to pick it up. He refuses to eat out of my hands. I guess I should have handled them more. Yesterday, I spent 15 minutes massaging his neck, extending it and gently lowering it back. He seemed to tolerate it ok. Today, he was no better. In a desperate attempt, I fashioned a collar out of an empty toilet paper roll to force him to extend his neck some. It did the trick. He doesn't like it and seems to have difficulty drinking now. I took it off for now. I'm worried he will die of starvation. Any suggestions?
How are ducks doing, Cowgirllil?
Edited by Cowgirllil - 5/24/16 at 9:45pm