I know this post is 6 years old so chances of getting an answer are slim - but what happened with the duckling that had a tick near its eye? Were you able to remove it? Did it affect the duckling?Like everyone has said, ducks don't often have problems with external parasites due to how often they bathe and preen. They just eat any bugs right off of their feathers before they can attach or create a problem. They do sometimes get feather lice though, but that's more often with birds who don't preen or bath themselves well. So just check periodically for that and you're good to go. No need for any flea/tick preventatives.
Having said that, I did have one duckling last year who had a tick attached near her eye. She has a special leg that doesn't work quite right so she was unable to preen and scratch that side of her face properly, which is why it was able to attach there. But most ducks are able to preen themselves very well all over and can prevent things like that from happening.
Not sure, but perhaps you can dab something on the tick to get it to let go. Something really gentle that won't harm the eye...You'd need to be able to hold the duckling's head absolutely still, too....I wonder if Vetericyn eye gel might do it...try to smother the tick...I know this post is 6 years old so chances of getting an answer are slim - but what happened with the duckling that had a tick near its eye? Were you able to remove it? Did it affect the duckling?
I just noticed what I assume to be a tick on one of the ducklings in my backyard but it’s quite deep and causing the duckling to not be able to open its eye.
anything I can do to help? They are very tame with me and let me touch them but don’t want to cause unnecessary stress