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Duck poop

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by rcockerham, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. rcockerham

    rcockerham Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I am new to the whole duck thing and I don't know if my ducks poop is normal or not or if I should do something. I have 5 Pekin ducks that are about 5 weeks old. I have noticed that one of them poops a white to off white pure liquid. All the ducks seem to be acting normal.
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    That sounds within the normal range to me for the occasional poop. See if you can watch for about fifteen minutes. That ought to deliver a few poops. If they are all runny like that, there may be a digestive problem.

    What is their feed? Do they get chick grit?
     
  3. rcockerham

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    It seems to be only thing that this one duck poops. No I don't give them grit. I am so new to this that I don't know exactly what basics they should be getting
     
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    I don't remember what the name of it is but it is a poultry feed 18%. They have food and water pretty much 24/7.
     
  6. Amiga

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    When did you notice this? I don't mean to imply that you ought to be keeping detailed records of everyone's poop.[​IMG]

    Do they get treats? Might the duckling have gotten into something that got stuck in their digestive tract? Like, eating shavings?

    I would get some chick grit and sprinkle a teaspoon of chick grit on their feed once a day for three weeks. If you cannot find chick grit, then a little sand would do - make sure it's clean. That is, nothing toxic in it.

    I would also get some probiotics - some feed stores sell poultry probiotics. I use a probiotic with electrolytes and vitamins.

    Can you gently feel the front of their body and see if you can feel any lumps?
     
  7. rcockerham

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    It's been like a week. I watch them very closely every day. It's hard to keep the ducks straight with all 5 running around. The only treats that they get is lettuce every couple of nights. I use straw for their bedding so there's no shavings to eat
     
  8. Amiga

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    Then it could just be a little tummy imbalance. Worst case I can imagine is some kind of infection, but the symptoms for that, if I recall correctly, would be dark stool, not whitish.

    I would get some probiotics, and start giving them a tiny bit of chick grit, even every other day for a while. The rule of thumb is to wait to give them treats (anything other than crumbles or pelleted feed) until they have had some grit.

    Take a look at that link I sent you and see if you get some ideas there.

    I don't know if just some lettuce would cause impaction. I suppose it is possible.
     
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