bloated duck

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  1. JDLandy

    JDLandy New Egg

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    My Indian Khaki female is very bloated. It's all fluid - you can feel it. She can not get in or out of the pool, and can't run very fast. Her belly sometimes hangs on the ground, and then it'll get a bit smaller. It's bigger again right now. She doesn't appear to be in bad health otherwise, though her feathers look like she's molting. She hasn't laid an egg since late spring, but she is not egg bound.[​IMG]

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  2. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    You have a fat Duck.....Diet, treats limited...She is fine.

    Cheers!
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    She could have heart problems. I think the word for it is ascites - that could help you look it up.

    Another possibility is egg yolk peritonitis.

    In either case, a good duck vet may be able to help. Ducks can manage through some serious illnesses, so I would not give up on her.
     
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  4. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Do not look for the worst scenario....Like I said...The bird is fat....Treats are being fed...You stated the bird is fine other wise...Cut back on treats...Your bird will be okay...Take it to a Vet if your concerned...
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I trust that @JDLandy knows the difference between fat and fluid.
     
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  6. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    I think egg yolk peritonitis would've caused more issues by now though... Ascites it may well be... it's also called water belly... it's excess fluid in the abdominal area... I've heard of others draining it successfully, but if possible I would consult a vet first...
     
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  7. JDLandy

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    Thank you all! After reading about water belly, I'm fairly certain that's what is wrong. We have a bird vet not far from us, so I will take her in now that I have an idea of what it might be.

    Initially, I did think she was just fat, as I read that that can happen. However, it's definitely fluid, and I had a friend check her out to be sure.[​IMG]
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    You should google ascites. A duck with a belly full of fluid is not fine!

    -Kathy
     
  9. casportpony

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    If they give you the choice of draining her, ask if you can watch.

    -Kathy
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    X3 on ascites. It can be drained, but it will return unless the underlying cause is treated.

    -Kathy
     

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