do ducks throw up?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by snugglepup, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. snugglepup

    snugglepup Songster

    Apr 15, 2007
    Creedmoor, NC
    Because I swear I think one of my ducklings just did. I was holding them and I put them down and then one appeared to throw up. Now I am scared he is going to die. Is this normal? They are all of them eating and drinking like... well ducks!
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    It is possible, than when you put it down, you rubbed the neck area? This might cause them to "throw up" a little. I have seen mine do it...when I put them down, and rubbed the crop area in the process. It will be ok.
  3. Chickenlover88

    Chickenlover88 Songster

    May 10, 2007
    Dallas, Georgia
    It happens when their crops are full and you accidently squeeze their crops. This has happened with my ducklings before.
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  4. snugglepup

    snugglepup Songster

    Apr 15, 2007
    Creedmoor, NC
    Oh ok. yes, its entirely possibly I squeezed his crop a little... he was wiggling very fiercely as I was trying to set him down and I was hanging on because I didn't want to drop him and break his legs. LOL
  5. cheepchicks

    cheepchicks Songster

    May 6, 2007
    I have 2 types of ducks. One set will vomit everytime I pick them up. Nervous I think, the others never do. I have had the set that do not throw up since they were 2-3 days old. The others hadn't been handled much. They are getting better about it as I handle them more.

  6. GoodEgg

    GoodEgg Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    NW Florida
    I had a duckling that would shake his head and thick stuff came out of his bill, and sometimes nose. Sometimes it was watery, other times it seemed to have feed mixed in. He would sling it all over the box.

    I was worried and posted here, although no one had seen that before. He did it on several different days. He wasn't scared or upset and being picked up, just excited I think.

    He turned out fine, and is the leader of my little group now.

    Hope yours will be fine too. Just wanted to post this info (sorry if it is a bit graphic) in case it helps you or someone else searching later.

  7. FlomatonsFlocks

    FlomatonsFlocks Songster

    Feb 23, 2015
    Southern Alabama
    So glad this was answered for me! My girls tell me the ducklings throw up on them but I haven't seen it. I'm sure it's the way they're holding them because my oldest asked if holding them wrong can make it happen! Thank you all! (We learn something new as a family every day from our feathered Friends!)
  8. alyssa770

    alyssa770 In the Brooder

    Mar 25, 2017
    My ducklings did that to me today and a couple days ago it was awful and scared me they are a week old today.
  9. KLoudon81

    KLoudon81 Chirping

    Apr 4, 2017
    Was it actual food? I know that 2 of my ducklings threw up what looked like clear, mucusy liquid that came up when they were struggling to get free. One of them wasn't even being held tight at all. Both of them are fine. I think it was stress related.
  10. barnababy

    barnababy In the Brooder

    Jul 25, 2016
    Missouri City TX
    My indoor duck is just shy of 10 months old and she's been throwing up mucousy water the past 2 mornings in a row. I think this time is from drinking too fast. My husband got a new puppy 10 days ago and I've been having to keep Barnaby's bathroom water bowl up off the floor at night when we're in bed abs only put it down when I let her have a drink and change her diaper.
    But this isn't new behavior for her. Over spring break, my kids and I went 4 hours drive to the town we just moved from and half hour in she stated puking in my lap. I don't think it was motion sickness because she's fairly used to being in the car even on that length of drive.
    She started vomiting somewhere between 3 and 5 weeks if I remember right.. but she's had so many issues and injuries since minute 1 so every day is like a learning expediency on something new I didn't know was possible for birds or ducks.

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