Aylesbury duck has a twisted back...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Luke P, Jan 26, 2018.

  1. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    It's probably scoliosis.
    Click here to see source
    Abstract

    Summary
    Scoliosis is a genetic defect occurring in the white Pekin duck. It results from an abnormal growth of individual vertebrae. Curvature of the spine is not obvious at the time of hatching, but histological evidence of portions of the notochord is present and this is associated with an abnormal growth of the vertebrae. Scoliosis may be grossly obvious in ducks 40 days old. Of 282 white Pekins, 28.4% had scoliosis but only a few had a vertebral abnormality that was evident in the living bird. Scoliosis was not observed in the Mallard or the Muscovy, but occurred in 22.2% of 27 hybrids resulting from the mating of the Muscovy male with the white Pekin female.
     
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  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Interestingly, the study above says "Scoliosis was not observed in the Mallard or the Muscovy", but I have seen it in one Muscovy drake.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Thank you for that info casportpony
     
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  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    You're welcome.
     
  5. Luke P

    Luke P Chirping

    that is very interesting info indeed! though i still cant find much/anything on how to treat it in animals... most sources ive found just say dont worry, it shouldnt cause any pain.... i suppose i could try to make a brace for her to wear for the last part of her growing?
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    My drake got along fine without any intervention. :D
     
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