Bill broken.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by elmacri, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. elmacri

    elmacri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Help, I just went down to check on our animals as i know one of our geese has eggs hatching right now. Then to my horror i saw one of my muscovy ducks with blood all over its back. When i picked her up and checked there was no cuts on her back at all . Then i noticed the very tip of her beak was hanging off like a broken nail. She must have spread the blood on her back when pruning. Then one of my neighbours kids said they saw my male goose having a fight with her before.
    My question is, what should i do? The bleeding seems to have stopped but the tip is still there only half attached??
    I am guessing i am going to have to seperate the goose from the others.
     
  2. DuckLover3

    DuckLover3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would suggest bringing your duck to the vet, although it's definitely encouraging that the bill stopped bleeding. I don't know if something like a bill can grow back, but I don't think so, so that's why I say you might want to go to the vet.
     
  3. elmacri

    elmacri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought that too.....but i am in the mountains in Spain and only know one vet, I rang him and he says he knows nothing about ducks, if the bleeding has stopped then leave him be or if i feel worried then cull her.

    As you can imagine i am not so impressed with that answer which is why i have come to you guys on the forum. She does seem quite happy and is eating and drinking. Its just that the tip is still there. Its the little extra bit that curls over the beak thats broken. Hope that makes sense.
     
  4. jruhle

    jruhle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a chicken break her beak badly and thought I would have to kill her. I fed her seperately some soft foods she could manage and in a couple weeks it healed just fine. Their bills will grow back good as new. You could use superglue to mend it if its real bad but if she's eating and acting well, she will be fine. Ducks are also extra-tough! Mine went through the ringer a couple times with predator attacks and survived.
     
  5. elmacri

    elmacri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. Thats really promising. she put herself to bed early tonight and when i went in to see her she was a bit panicked so i left her alone. I could she she hadn´t started bleeding again so i will check in the morning again. Thanks for letting me know about yours it really makes a big difference. Being so far in the country is always a worry when the animals get poorly. [​IMG]

     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I'm thinking that part will fall off on its on, just keep an eye on her and deff separate your ducks from your geese right now, the gander probably felt a threat to his family and probably felt he was defending his mate and goslings. More than likely she will heal without any problems. Just watch for any signs of infection and possibly flies getting on it and laying eggs, but she probably will keep it pretty clean dipping her head in water alot.
     
  7. elmacri

    elmacri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes i had the thought that the little tip might just drop off. Fingers crossed. The male goose has been moved tonight and will make a new setup for him tomorrow. Its funny how they have all got along so well up till now. Its amazing how they will protect their females and young. Thanks

     
  8. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    The last time i saw this it was on TV on a Animal Vets program

    they had to put the poor duck down

    the cause of that duck was stupid kids fishing and the fishing real got caught in the ducks mouth almost slicing the bill off
     
  9. elmacri

    elmacri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ouch, poor duck. That sounds nasty and more serious then this. It really is just the tip that has popped up. I think i over panicked when i saw the blood and by the fact the vet said he couldn´t help unless it was to put her down.
    Fishing twine is horrid stuff for animals.

     
  10. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it is only the tip of your duck's bill then I'd say that it will heal up quite quickly. Just keep their drinking water as clean as possible - change it a couple of times a day if you can.

    Duck bills are incredibly sensitive, with a massive system of nerves and blood vessels. The fact that there are so many nerves means that it probably hurts. But because there are so many blood vessels it will heal relatively quickly.

    Keep us posted on how things go :)
     

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