Beak/bill care

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by pennylane, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. pennylane

    pennylane Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two pekin ducklings. They just spent their first night outside last night. I switched feeders to a larger one that I use for my chickens. Bad idea. One duck now has a cut in the end of her beak/bill. How do I care for the cut? Will it repair itself? What's the best type of feeder to prevent this? Rubber?
     
  2. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Is there a sharp spot on the feeder? i have chickens too and none of the feeders would cut a ducks bill. Now some of the smaller variety could be troublesome for getting the feed out more easily but again none would give injury.

    I have rubber bowls and my main feeder is one we built ourselves out of an old wooden ship crate, we have since enlarged the top platform since they enjoy sitting on it lol
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  3. pennylane

    pennylane Out Of The Brooder

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    Not that I can tell. But I can't think of what else could have done it. :(

    How do I care for it? It's right on the tip. Does it hurt? Should I be worried?
     
  4. pennylane

    pennylane Out Of The Brooder

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    Ps. I feel like an idiot. So much to learn.
     
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  5. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Not at all! an idiot would not inquire/ask/research [​IMG] I would thoroughly check the feeder to see if that was the problem. As for the beak, hmmm.. do you have any antibiotic cream? Vaseline could work depends, main thing is not wanting it infected that said ducks are always dunking their heads so it shouldn't that is why i lean towards the Vaseline and keeping an eye.
     
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  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I would start putting triple antibiotic ointment on it daily to prevent trouble.
     
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  7. cherub13666

    cherub13666 Just Hatched

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    And as I've learned from these forums, use non-pain relief triple antibiotic ointment. The ointment that comes with pain relievers is very bad for them.
     
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  8. pennylane

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    Thank you! It is MUCH better today
     
  9. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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