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Duck had seizures then died :'(

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Shorty3735r, Jan 2, 2016.

  1. Shorty3735r

    Shorty3735r Out Of The Brooder

    May 12, 2015
    South East Tn
    Help! My beloved female "alfro" had problems walking. We brought her in a washed her with warm water and I checked her all over. Within the hr she started having seizures one after another and within 10min of that she was dead. We balled like babies because we had her from a hatchling. They are free range and we don't have any chemicals at all around. What could have happened?! Also her little male friend is now acting depressed and doesn't follow our other ducks. Should I find him a friend or let him grieve? I know I should crazy but my ducks are my babies lol. I also have chickens and they are fine....even my Rhode Island rooster that thinks he's a cat (loves to get pet and help and eating cat food)
  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 7, 2011
    Finger Lakes, NY
    Sorry for your loss. [​IMG] Unless you get a necropsy done you will likely never know the cause of death. Call your local extension office, they should know who does necropsies on ducks. Meanwhile, keep the duck in the fridge not freezer, until you decide what to do.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    By any chance was your duck crested?
  4. cstronks

    cstronks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2013
    New Jersey
    If the duck died so quickly, I would venture a guess that these may not have been seizures. Sounds more like a stroke to me. How old was the duck? If it was young there is certainly the possibility that the bird had some sort of condition that had not yet been exposed. Sorry to hear that she died so suddenly!

    As for the other duck, I would suggest getting another duck if you have a very small flock. These birds find themselves in close, cohesive groups, and definitely notice changes in the environment. I've always had large flocks of chickens so changes are negligible to the birds (at least I can't notice anything because of the number).
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    With the name, Alfro, it sounds like she may have been crested.

    @Shorty3735r - is that the case? They can be susceptible to neurological problems, if I recall correctly.

    Might there have been a snake bite?

    I would actually talk to the drake a bit - I don't think they understand each word, but I think they appreciate a good chat. I know our Romy started acting very ill after her best friend Michele died. She pulled through, but I thought we were going to lose her.
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  6. Shorty3735r

    Shorty3735r Out Of The Brooder

    May 12, 2015
    South East Tn
    She was a mallard :'(
  7. Shorty3735r

    Shorty3735r Out Of The Brooder

    May 12, 2015
    South East Tn
    She was a mallard but had a very small fro so she was moxed with something. She was less than a year old. We actually got her and the others around April due to people wanting Easter ducks and chicks and not knowing they grow.
  8. Shorty3735r

    Shorty3735r Out Of The Brooder

    May 12, 2015
    South East Tn
    Update. The male lasted 2 days without his mate. He passed in his sleep. They are now forever together but it doesnt help our broken hearts. I am now using a flush for the rest just in case it was something they got into. The other 3 are acting fine even though they seem to be passing alot of lining.
  9. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

    Apr 20, 2007
    I'm so sorry you lost them both. Big [​IMG]to you and god bless. I hope the rest remain healthy and you have no more losses.

  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    Western N.C.
    @Shorty3735r I don't know what your using for the flush but please be careful with the flush too. Here is the info we have here on BYC..https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/700526/flushes-for-aiding-in-toxin-removal#post_9508213

    And very sorry for your loss.
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