I have 2 ducks quarantined together. Hoover has bumble foot and Wendy was just supposed to keep her company. Took both to the vet today. (Hoovers story can be seen under the thread "Bumblefoot and missing toe nail")
I noticed Wendy panting today. Open bill, heavy breathing. So I took her along for Hoovers Vet appt. He listened to her air sacks which sounded good, but he was concerned about her increased breath rate and thinks we may have caught a respiratory infection in the very beginning stages. Prescribed Tylan Soluble. 1/4 tsp per 1 liter of water as sole water source for 14-21 days.
Directed to treat both Wendy and Hoover while in isolation because it won't hurt Hoover and just in case it is contagious.
My question is...we have 6 other ducks who come up to the isolation temporary fence/coop to say hello multiple times a day. They cant cross the fence but they can breath on each other. (the fence is that plastic 1/2 inch hardware cloth type. heads can't fit through) Vet said to not let them have contact. Would it be okay to set a second perimeter fence about 2 ft or so away from the primary fence so that they can still "visit" but not be too close? Or do I need to move the "rehab" area out of the rest of the flocks reach entirely? That would be almost impossible to do without moving them into the garage which would then be pretty traumatic on one of our Drakes who comes up to visit at least 3 times an hour, crossing 1.5 acres one way.