did she drown? :(

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by spish, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

    Apr 7, 2010
    is it possible for a duck to drown? one of my 6 month old female scovies died today. she was fine this morning while i was doing my rounds in the field. . i was out there a good half an hour with them and she seemed in great health. then i got a call that my son was ill so i had to go and pick him up from school. i was gone not even 10 minutes. i came home to find her floating in the kiddy plastic pool ( its outside their duck house!) she was on the verge of death but just alive. i yanked her out onto the side she gave a few weak and feeble movements then died. none of my drakes are with the girls right now so it couldnt have been a mating gone wrong. i just dont understand what happened [​IMG]
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    So sorry about what has happened. Yes strange as it may seem- but ducks can drown. Have you ever seen mating behaviour between your girls? With the drakes in another pen - it may have been another female trying to mount your poor girl in the pool.
  3. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    Before mine started laying last week, one of mine was constantly on another one in the pool. I've not seen that since the mounter started laying though.
    So one of your other girls may have mounted her in the pool and not let her come up for air.
  4. Inkheart

    Inkheart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2010
    Columbus Ohio
    I do not have ducks but my friend does and he has lost one to drowning - i wouldnt think it was possible - but ... Sorry
  5. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    I too, have heard of ducks drowning. Especially young ones. So sorry for your loss.
  6. TheNewMrsEvans

    TheNewMrsEvans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2008
    Big Sur, CA
    I have had fully feathered well grown ducks drown in the kiddie pool...I now leave a cinder block step in the pool at all times...it gives them a non-skid spot to easily crawl up onto since the plastic is slippery.
    I'm sorry you lost your girl [​IMG]

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