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chipped beak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by newduckmama29, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. newduckmama29

    newduckmama29 New Egg

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    Hello,
    New to ducks as of a month and a half ago. My ducks are quite large now. Last night my male pekin duck must have nicked his beak on something in their coop. I woke this morning to find lots of dried blood on his beak. I waited until he washed himself to take a close look. Just to the left of the tip of his beak it looks like a crack or scratch. It looks like its already starting to heal but i'm just wondering if I should do anything more for him. I feel terrible for my little dude, hes so sweet and so gentle he must just be a little clumsy with those big flappers as feet.
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Keep an eye on it - you might just want to dab a little antibiotic ointment on it three times a day (the kind without painkiller).

    Also, please post over on the duck forum so more duck folks can see the thread.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks

    Also, spraying it with Vetericyn might help prevent infection, but you don't want any to get in his mouth. That's why I think the ointment might be a little better.

    Of course, you might also think about whether he should be poking around in the soil with his bill for a few days....
     

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