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duck heaving, labored breathing???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LittleApplegate, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. LittleApplegate

    LittleApplegate In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2012
    Some of our ducks (5 months old) seem to 'heave' as they breath, they aren't too tame so it is only a visual observation... Their chests and back sort of... well, heave, looks like they're about to poop or lay an egg or... but it just seems to be how it is with a good portion of them.

    One of the ducks who did it first and it seemed moreso than the others was off by herself in the pond one day (which seemed unusual). Then the next couple of days same thing, didn't come over when feeding the others! My partner was there when she died-- he swears he saw her slip and probably broke her neck, but I'm thinking something else must be up (maybe a respiratory issue made her more clumsy to fall?) and anyways not all of them do this-- yet!

    aNY thoughts, advise, etc.?

  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009

    I would try to isolate her and make sure she's not egg bound.
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    What are you feeding them? Seems like it could be oviduct related, if they are not processing calcium properly, or getting enough, it could cause problems like this.

    By the way, glad you are here at the forum, and I am not trying to sound like you are at fault .... in fact, I have struggled with some of my ducks to get them to ingest enough calcium to avoid egg problems.

    Just trying to see if there is something relatively simple you can adjust.

    In any case, I would start giving them poultry vitamins with electrolytes and probiotics, and free choice oyster shell if you are not already doing that.
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2012

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