DUCK SEIZURES?

thechickenflock

Chirping
6 Years
Jul 10, 2013
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Not Garden City, Thank God
For the past 2 days one of my free range ducks has been acting off. Getting lost, wandering off from the others, not eating or drinking, she is 12 weeks old. Today she is having what looks like seizures and she is very weak. Please help!
 

thechickenflock

Chirping
6 Years
Jul 10, 2013
120
8
91
Not Garden City, Thank God
I found a exotic animals vet
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and managed to get in a few hours ago, it turns out she got botulism from eating too much dirt (AKA Being a duck)
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It is also somewhat common apparently. The symptoms of botulism ares not eating and drinking, and loss of muscle control, which is what caused the twitching and flailing about
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, the eye discharge was likely from something getting in the eye while flailing
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. Long story short she is now on antibiotics and is getting fed macaw food through a feeding tube twice a day
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. Only 12 weeks old and with feed and everything else she has cost me almost $120
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. She better start laying to earn her keep soon
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Amiga

Overrun with Runners
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If there are any mud puddles around that have gotten particularly icky, or dead animals or plant material, those are places that are very likely to have botulism organisms. Might want to scout around and get rid of something like that, to keep it from happening again.

I hope she recovers swiftly and well.
 

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