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can ducks get ticks??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by feather2, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. feather2

    feather2 Songster

    Nov 28, 2008
    north haven, ct
    I was just feeding my drake (an inside duck until spring). Actually he goes out for a couple of hours a day. Anyway, seems like there is a big tick on his neck. Is this possible being December? Will it drop off or should I tweezer and flush. UGH

  2. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

    Mar 20, 2008
    yep pull it off (try to get the head)
  3. feather2

    feather2 Songster

    Nov 28, 2008
    north haven, ct
    Okay, so I got my tweezers and a helper......turns out to be one of those burrs imbedded in his neck. Yay! no tick. I have a question though, Fred is a single duck, but got him a young companion this fall, that's why they are inside - he (who should have been a she is too young). Anyway, when we were taking out the burr Fred seemed a bit agressive to my helper - especially after the procedure (he's five months old). He's always a sweetheart to me (so far). Is this normal? Do I have to do anything to stop this? Can I discipline him when this happens or does the helper have to? Thanks!
  4. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    Quote:Fred has no idea what you two were doing to him, of course he was aggressive.
  5. mere

    mere Hatching

    Oct 12, 2011
    A HUGE tick just dropped off my Pekin drake's neck. A paralysis tick. He's unable to stand at the moment. He's in the shower cubicle at the moment and I put the plug in loosely and let it fill up a bit for him and it drains fairly quickly to keep him cool ..

    I've been giving him seaweed meal mixed with water and thawed peas ... seems to have perked up a bit since the tick dropped off but never know with ticks.

    Any suggestions?
  6. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Songster

    Feb 24, 2011
    Canberra, Australia
    Ideally your drake should go to a vet for an injection of anti-serum to counter the toxic effect of the tick. Is that possible?

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