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One of my nine week old Khaki Campbell ducks stopped eating and drinking this afternoon.  Seems a little lethargic and her stool was watery and greenish.  Keeps blinking her eyes like she is super tired.  Seemed okay earlier today.  Not sure if she might have ingested something foreign or just now showing symptoms of an ailment.  Rest of the flock of five seem fine.  Looking for some guidance.

 

Thanks!

One wonderful wife, one son and daughter-in-law, 2 great grandkids, 1 neato gray tabby cat, and 6 Khaki Campbells
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One wonderful wife, one son and daughter-in-law, 2 great grandkids, 1 neato gray tabby cat, and 6 Khaki Campbells
This is the day which the LORD hath made ; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

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post #2 of 11

Maybe she ate something toxic? Did you open her mouth and make sure it was clear? How is she acting now? Any better? Offer her a 'bath' and see if she will preen and clean her nares and maybe drink. <3

Ducks: various layers and breeding Silver Appleyards. | Chickens: Buff Orps, BBLR Wyandottes, Sizzles, Super Blues, Barnevelders, Cream Legbar roo, Naked Necks, lots of our own EEs. | Geese: 2 hatchery Brown African and 3 Buff African | 
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Ducks: various layers and breeding Silver Appleyards. | Chickens: Buff Orps, BBLR Wyandottes, Sizzles, Super Blues, Barnevelders, Cream Legbar roo, Naked Necks, lots of our own EEs. | Geese: 2 hatchery Brown African and 3 Buff African | 
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Originally Posted by Carcajou View Post

One of my nine week old Khaki Campbell ducks stopped eating and drinking this afternoon.  Seems a little lethargic and her stool was watery and greenish.  Keeps blinking her eyes like she is super tired.  Seemed okay earlier today.  Not sure if she might have ingested something foreign or just now showing symptoms of an ailment.  Rest of the flock of five seem fine.  Looking for some guidance.

 

Thanks!


Oh no!! Keep us posted..I am no expert and learning day by day...I wish I had some advice , I hope your baby is ok. Definitely keep a close eye on her/him and if it gets worse, separate from rest and talk with a vet.

Momma of one Pekin and one Silver Appleyard..long term, I need to find a home for them more suitable for ducks, someone who will love them and protect them

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Momma of one Pekin and one Silver Appleyard..long term, I need to find a home for them more suitable for ducks, someone who will love them and protect them

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post #4 of 11

It is possible the baby has an internal infection.  Get to a vet asap if you can, look into oral antibiotics.  Try some apple cider vinegar in water, a tablespoon acv in a pint of water, see if that helps until you can get the duck on medication.  You could also try activated charcoal (not cooking briquettes, those are toxic ... find activated charcoal at a drugstore it comes as powder or in capsules you can open), three capsules or a teaspoon in a quart of water.  The charcoal is said to absorb some toxins.

Please consider adopting rescued ducks.

 

David Holderread:  

People often ask if they should "put down" a bird that has suffered major injuries.  In my experience, birds appreciate the opportunity to recover.  Ducks have an amazing ability to heal, even from injuries that appear to be catastrophic.

 

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Please consider adopting rescued ducks.

 

David Holderread:  

People often ask if they should "put down" a bird that has suffered major injuries.  In my experience, birds appreciate the opportunity to recover.  Ducks have an amazing ability to heal, even from injuries that appear to be catastrophic.

 

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post #5 of 11
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Thank you all so much for your quick replies and suggestions. Needless to say, I was up late studying all I could find and was up at daybreak (my normal rising time) to scurry out to the duckhouse. I was very relieved to see that all symptoms were gone. I actually couldn't tell which duck was the one of concern as all five ate grain and lettuce and drank to their hearts content when I let them out.

All five are full of energy today though are all in the shade now as it is 85 degrees and full sun. Warmer than yesterday. I figure she must have gotten a reed stuck or something she ate disagreed with her. I must say that was my initial feeling but as the evening wore on she seemed to be more lethargic and I became quite concerned and obsessed with trying to get to the root of what might be her ailment so I could chart a course for treatment and recovery but nature saw to it for me.

 

But I will make sure I have all the necessary doctoring stuff on hand for the future.

Again, thanks to all for your concern and help.

One wonderful wife, one son and daughter-in-law, 2 great grandkids, 1 neato gray tabby cat, and 6 Khaki Campbells
This is the day which the LORD hath made ; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

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One wonderful wife, one son and daughter-in-law, 2 great grandkids, 1 neato gray tabby cat, and 6 Khaki Campbells
This is the day which the LORD hath made ; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

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Here's my five girls on the pond yesterday. Think I have almost as many photos of my ducks as I have of my grandkids!

One wonderful wife, one son and daughter-in-law, 2 great grandkids, 1 neato gray tabby cat, and 6 Khaki Campbells
This is the day which the LORD hath made ; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

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One wonderful wife, one son and daughter-in-law, 2 great grandkids, 1 neato gray tabby cat, and 6 Khaki Campbells
This is the day which the LORD hath made ; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

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post #7 of 11

That is WONderful news!! Thanks for the update!

Ducks: various layers and breeding Silver Appleyards. | Chickens: Buff Orps, BBLR Wyandottes, Sizzles, Super Blues, Barnevelders, Cream Legbar roo, Naked Necks, lots of our own EEs. | Geese: 2 hatchery Brown African and 3 Buff African | 
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Ducks: various layers and breeding Silver Appleyards. | Chickens: Buff Orps, BBLR Wyandottes, Sizzles, Super Blues, Barnevelders, Cream Legbar roo, Naked Necks, lots of our own EEs. | Geese: 2 hatchery Brown African and 3 Buff African | 
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Originally Posted by Carcajou View Post

Here's my five girls on the pond yesterday. Think I have almost as many photos of my ducks as I have of my grandkids!

They are beautiful, relieved all is back to normal!! 

Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 17 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 17 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

http://www.godvine.com/In-Christ-Alone-a-Very-Powerful-Worship-Video-792.html

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post #9 of 11

Dont we all love when we see our babies back to normal again :D my most terrifying night ever was the day i had a massive arguement with my best freind. i came hope annoyed and upset only to realise my ducks were acting horribly strange. they couldnt walk properly and kepy spazzing then one of them started to fit in my arms and i swear at that moment i was trying to accept this was the end for them. it was soo horrible to see him spazing like that and i was soo helpless so i pet him back in his cage after he stopped, kiss them on the head and told them that i loved them and went to bed. in the morning i woke up and usually the first thing i do is from my bed call to them outside my window and they start quaking at me asif to say good morning but that morning i was soo scared to do it in fear that they wouldnt respond. eventually i just whispered it and through some form of miracle they were absoluetly fine and normal and quacking away loud and cheerful. i cherish ever day i have with my babies. GLAD YOUR DUCKIE PULLED THROUGH :D

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Hooray!!!  Wow, that was nerve-wracking.

Please consider adopting rescued ducks.

 

David Holderread:  

People often ask if they should "put down" a bird that has suffered major injuries.  In my experience, birds appreciate the opportunity to recover.  Ducks have an amazing ability to heal, even from injuries that appear to be catastrophic.

 

Spring-Summer 2014 - please bear with me - plate very full - PM if you need to...

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Please consider adopting rescued ducks.

 

David Holderread:  

People often ask if they should "put down" a bird that has suffered major injuries.  In my experience, birds appreciate the opportunity to recover.  Ducks have an amazing ability to heal, even from injuries that appear to be catastrophic.

 

Spring-Summer 2014 - please bear with me - plate very full - PM if you need to...

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