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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Ms E, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. Ms E

    Ms E In the Brooder

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    Last evening I noticed that Inga (my blue swedish duck) had lost a chunk of her upper bill. It looks like someone took a bite out of the end of the top bill and she has more of a scoop with a half lid on top of her tongue.

    I'm not so focused on the why (because I imagine she yelled at the geese one time too many had they snapped) but more on how best to accomodate her disability.

    I understand that it most likely won't grow back but if some of you know differently, please let me know.

    The obvious accomodation is a flat plate of food vs. a dip in feeder. Similarly a bucket of water in the winter vs. using the typical chicken waterer. During the summer everyone has access to buckets, the wading pool, etc. Should I consider extra veggie treats since she may be unable to get bugs without the the end of her bill?

    Any ideas from the duck experts appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Ms E
     

  2. Rogue_Woman

    Rogue_Woman Songster

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    I once worked at a vet who made prosthetic bills...if all else fails, it could be an option for you.
     
  3. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    One of my geese cracked her bill almost in half last year. It was the forward portion, on a goose where it is sort of rounded, it grew back and healed. So it is possible that it may grow back.
     

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