She was a wonderful Barred Rock (Pricilla) that we have raised and enjoyed for 6 years. A few days ago
I saw that she was being anti social and hiding in the corner. she had green poop on her butt. I picked her up and found that her abdomen was enlarged and felt like a water balloon.... Her comb and waddles was dark red almost purple and I could tell she was not feeling well.
I researched the web for answers and determined she had an internal infection that made her abdomen swell and because of the swelling it placed stress on her respiratory system that caused her crown and waddles to turn purple........................... I determined that the first thing to do was to relieve the abdomen swelling by pricking a small hole so that the swelling would drain and take stress off her respiratory system....
The next morning I prepared a sanitary place to perform the procedure and sterilized a pin . But first I thought it best to wash off her butt from the green poop.. So I gently cradled her upside down and used a garden hose to water pressure off her poop.
I then brought her in the house and gently sat her right side up..... But instead she just flopped down and I thought she was sleeping or hypnotized or something. However after a few seconds I realized that she had died.
I figured that she had a heart attack due to her respiratory condition and that I cradled her upside down.
I buried her with family and full ceremonies the next day.
Today I started a health inspection on my other seven ducks and chickens. I started with my Buff Cochin (Wilma).After inspecting her for insects and diseases I found that she was very healthy, very communicative and was in a good mood. However she had some dried poop on her butt that I felt should remove again with the garden hose.... I was very gentle in picking her up . I didn't turn her upside down for fear that it would scare her. I spent about 1 min spraying her butt with medium pressure then gently sat her down. I was shocked because she just flopped forward and her comb and waddles had turned deep reddish purple... she was having a hard time breathing..... I believed she was having a panic attack or a heart attack... I just tried to calm her down by talking very soft and sweet to her.... then I put a little tray of water and a leaf of lettuce in front of her..... in a couple of minutes she was fine and walked off with her friends......
I am thinking that the shock of the water on the butt killed my Barred Rock and almost killed my Cochin.
Could someone give me some feedback about if my procedures killed my Barred Rock.