Adopted duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Zolamarie, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Zolamarie

    Zolamarie Chirping

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    About a month ago one of my ducks got killed by a fox. Today I finally bought a duck from a farm. I am keeping him separated from my duck, Peggy until I get him checked out by a vet. He is sooo skinny, and scraggly and I think he has Bumblefoot. Also he is really dirty. I tried getting him in the pool, but he didn’t seem to want to get in. I held him in there a minute to get some of the mud off him. He is terrified of me, but today I gave Peggy treats from my hand so he could see, and then slowly showed them to him and tossed them into his enclosure. I also played with Peggy and pet her where he could see so would realize that i’m not a threat. I turned on a small heater which he huddled right up to when he found it. If any of y’all have had any experiences like this, i’d love to hear from you. If you’ve gotten this far, thanks for reading this. 93A4B50C-5121-4DCE-9FB3-718021BC3234.png F6D35731-7EEF-4C60-A217-3FC1EE75800A.jpeg
     
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  2. FeatherMtnFarms

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    Here's to you for taking him on! You sound like a wonderful adopter! Unfortunately, I have never had any experiences like this but hopefully the vet clears him or tells you what to do to help him even more! Prayers are with you and him!:hugs
     
  3. Quacking Pigeon

    Quacking Pigeon Crowing

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    He does look very skinny. How does his droppings look?
     
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  4. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Crowing

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    Looks like he could be mixed with runner,a fairly skinny breed.He could be older then he looks considering ducks need proper feeding to grow right and grow fast.
     
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  5. Zolamarie

    Zolamarie Chirping

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    Well when he was in the dog crate he pooped several times and it was very runny and it smells unusually bad.
     
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  6. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Crowing

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    Can’t seem to figure it out with ducks why pop seems to be so runny?Maybe because they spend 95% if their day in the water.
     
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  7. Zolamarie

    Zolamarie Chirping

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    Thank you so much:hugs
     
  8. Zolamarie

    Zolamarie Chirping

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    His droppings were almost completely liquid which isn’t normal even for a duck. I think duck’s poop is more watery than chicken’s because the drink more water.
     
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  9. Zolamarie

    Zolamarie Chirping

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    Hmm.. maybe. I picked him up to put him in the pool and I could feel the bone in his breast.(keel?) He didn’t seem very interested in the pellet food that I gave him, but ate some scratch grains that I threw around the pool.
     
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  10. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Crowing

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    In general he stands more awkwardly then a Pekin would even if he is skinny.
     
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