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Duck not walking...now dead :(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by GracefulBantams, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. GracefulBantams

    GracefulBantams Hatching and Showing

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    About a week and a half ago...or maybe two weeks... I had a Swedish duck (hen) loose almost all use of her left leg. We used to raise Rouen ducks and they had a tendency to get a leg out of joint, but they would always get better on their own. Well, after a few days, this duck had not gotten noticeably better and still a drake (sometimes even two, at a time) would mount her, which we knew must not be helping her leg any!! So, I isolated her in an extra pen we had.
    This evening, she was dead :eek:
    Almost the whole time she was isolated, it was very cold. We had one snowfall a couple of days ago, and another one today. These "Oklahoma" birds are not used to that kind of weather, so I thought that might have contributed to her death, by maybe partially-freezing her [​IMG]
    So what do you all think was wrong with her???
     
  2. countryboy

    countryboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2007
    i'm very sorry you lost duck gracefulbantams. [​IMG]
     
  3. GracefulBantams

    GracefulBantams Hatching and Showing

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    Thank you [​IMG]


    Does anyone have ideas on what happened to her?
     
  4. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    sorry about your ducky [​IMG]
     
  5. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Awww, Im so sorry about your duck. If she was alone, and had nothing to cuddle into, could have been the cold.
     
  6. hencackle

    hencackle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    I have no experience with ducks, can't answer your question...just wanted to say, I'm sorry about your duck.
     
  7. GracefulBantams

    GracefulBantams Hatching and Showing

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    Lacyloo and Hencackle, thanks [​IMG]

    Justusnak, she did not have anything/anyone to cuddle with, but she was in a fairly sheltered area. I do think you are right, though; it must have had something to do with the cold [​IMG]
     
  8. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    I am very sorry about your duck. [​IMG]
    If she was not walking, she was likely injured, possibly by over-mating. Waterfowl are very adept at hiding injury or illness. I pulled a pekin girl from under a pile of 4 drakes last year and the next morning she was dead. I figure the weight of the drakes injured her internally.

    I will be separating my drakes soon. Spring is about here. [​IMG]

    As for the cold, if she was sheltered, it was probably not that. As long as she had bedding and protection. Just for future, I always put a heat lamp near an injured animal (unless I have her in the house). Injury causes shock which in its turn causes chills.

    It is really tricky to spot and diagnose a bird. They are good at hiding anything wrong until it is usually too late. [​IMG]
     
  9. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    The first thing you do when you have an injured animal is take them away from the others so they won't be injured. Then you make sure they have a shelter where they will be warm or cool depending on the temps. Call a vet if needed. My Pekin that gets eggbound and her legs become paralyzed moved into my son's bathtub if it is cold and she's watched closely. Never leave them with the idea they will get better on their own, it's like saying your child fell and "might" have broken a bone, but it will heal on it's own. The animals can't tell us exactly what is wrong or if it is serious so it's up to us as guardians to take care of them.
     
  10. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    Sorry to hear about your poor little duck.
     

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