- Sep 20, 2017
Need advice for treating my muscovy drake, Wilbur. His feathers are in terrible shape. He will no longer swim in the pond and he is not water proof. I see him preening himself but it doesn't seem to be doing any good. My other ducks appear fine. Sorry the pictures aren't that great - He isn't cooperative in the least. From research online it seems it is likely an infected preening gland or parasites. The 2nd pic is of the gland. It does seem enlarged and the feathers are yellow around that area. A vet visit is not really an option. I read that applying a warm compress, daily, can help but that's not going to happen - He is BIG and very ornery. I'm have Bactrim on hand (800mg.) Is it safe to give to a duck and how much? I also have ivermectrin on hand, in the event of parasites, but I was reading that it can be toxic to ducks. I have used it to treat a chicken with great results but hesitant to give it to Wilbur... Any advice would be very much appreciated. This guy is a big bully but I love him and want to help him. If you guys tell me the warm compress is the way to go I'll figure out a way to wrangle him....