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post #11 of 16
Oh gosh the poor guy. Can you perhaps get some liquid penicillin to put I his water or an amoxicillin dropper to put in his mouth? Or even see if he might drink Gatorade or electrolytes you get fromTSC? If you put it in like an McDonalds ice tea cup he might stick his head down in there and enjoy a drink that will give him some glucose while he is recovering. I saw a pet goose on Monday drinking out of a cup like this held by his owner. My ducks seem compelled to drink everything put in front of them. I hope he will heal up and get back to eating! If I think of anything I will let you know. When I catch mine they let me hold them and seem to calm and I never handled them before they were hurt. He will get used to you catching him around his chest and be fine with it once he calms down I suspect. I am so sorry you had this happen to your beautiful ducks. I can imagine how devastating this is for you.
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Originally Posted by rlehl2144 View Post


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?
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Cowgirllil View Post

Oh gosh the poor guy. Can you perhaps get some liquid penicillin to put I his water or an amoxicillin dropper to put in his mouth? Or even see if he might drink Gatorade or electrolytes you get fromTSC? If you put it in like an McDonalds ice tea cup he might stick his head down in there and enjoy a drink that will give him some glucose while he is recovering. I saw a pet goose on Monday drinking out of a cup like this held by his owner. My ducks seem compelled to drink everything put in front of them. I hope he will heal up and get back to eating! If I think of anything I will let you know. When I catch mine they let me hold them and seem to calm and I never handled them before they were hurt. He will get used to you catching him around his chest and be fine with it once he calms down I suspect. I am so sorry you had this happen to your beautiful ducks. I can imagine how devastating this is for you.

I've put some powdered antibiotic in the water, but he seems to have a trust issue, as he wont accept anything from me. Perhaps, you are right; the more I catch him & hold him the more likely he will eat/drink from my hand. I will try the cup with electrolytes next. Thanks for the idea! Meanwhile, I will continue doing "physical therapy" on his neck twice a day.
post #13 of 16
Are ypu aure that was Raccoon? Mine were attacked by a Mink and they are known to rip the skin off of the neck to suck the blood. 2 died and one made it with a long recovery. Private Message me if you need any help with helping your injured birds!!!!
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by klemele View Post

Are ypu aure that was Raccoon? Mine were attacked by a Mink and they are known to rip the skin off of the neck to suck the blood. 2 died and one made it with a long recovery. Private Message me if you need any help with helping your injured birds!!!!

I am positive it was a coon. Not only have we trapped & killed 10 in the vicinity of the coop, but their M.O. fits perfectly. They pull out the crops and eat the contents, leaving much of the meat untouched. We are very rural and live close to a creek where they frequent, I'm sure it will always be a battle. I will take you up on that offer to PM you this evening. Thanks!
post #15 of 16
Okay I'll be here tp answer some questions!!
post #16 of 16
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Here's an update on my ducks. One of the hens started laying again about 4 days ago and the other started molting, so she isn't laying. The drake has been eating and is slowly gaining weight. He is growing new feathers over his neck wound and even though he still holds it an odd way, he seems to be compensating for it. He just started mating again today, so I think it's safe to say that he will be ok!
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