Duck stopped quacking??

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  1. hydrxpxnic

    hydrxpxnic Out Of The Brooder

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    Two days ago, we put in some straw because it was supposed to get cold through the night. In the morning, my male, Henry (3 months) wasnt quacking. He's trying to, but its like he lost his voice or has a sore throat.. We gave him warm water and watered down the feed. He's active, eats more than my female Piper (3 months) sometimes, swims, everything is normal. Except, my mom noticed Henry's eyes had yellow around them. Piper and mom and dad arent like that. Its not jaundice or liver failure… Its not his actual eye that is yellow. Its like his waterline or the "fur" around the eye... He always dunks his head into the water. Maybe his eyes got irritated from the straw? They dig around in the wood chips we lay down in the pen so maybe they dug in the straw. The bale was in the hatch of the car for a few days so it couldve got dusty. Here's a picture of Henry, its kinda blurrish, he was moving. But its in the inside corner of his eye: [​IMG]
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I am so sorry about your bird. She is a cutie pie! You will want to post this in our ducks section for help from all our duck experts...https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks

    Good luck and I hope she is ok. :)
     
  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X2 on asking in the duck area.

    Glad you joined us!:)
     
  4. farm316

    farm316 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting… if your sure that your duck is a male that is what happens he loses his voice, has he been quacking a bunch before?? If he just stopped quaking then its normal for the males to not quack, (My male can't quack to save his life.. LOl) the irritation could be from the straw, or it also could be dust and irritation that straw gives especially dried straw, It can get cold but I am sure that it really doesn't affect him, does he have a mate??
     
  5. hydrxpxnic

    hydrxpxnic Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, he is a big quacker and as I said, he has his sister Piper in there with him. He's making some noise now so he's getting better. Where I live it gets real cold and we have to install a heat lamp to mum and dad in the winter. So we're trying to keep theirs warmer for them. Thanks :)
     
  6. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! Hope your little duck continues to improve. Good luck.
     
  7. farm316

    farm316 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here is what this lady said to do for your cute little guy!

    "Straw that is dusty I don't think will hurt ducks—mine have had dusty straw. However, if the bale had mold, that could be a problem. Ducks can get sick from the mold and fungus that may be in the straw. I don't know if there's any "self-help" for this—I think it probably requires a vet. Best thing you can do is make sure there's no moldy straw, feed him well, make sure his water is clean (bleach the bowl to kill bacteria at least daily) and see how it goes. Ducks that are well-feed and kept have a better chance of fighting off infections and the like. If you're worried and there is a vet available, you could go that route.

    Many people where I am use pine shavings instead of straw for bedding. I use pine shavings and just tall grass cut from my yard (I don't use chemicals on my lawn). Seems to work and is less likely to mold than straw."
     
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm a chicken person and don't know a lot about ducks (although I've had a few), but I have to admit that ducklings are the ultimate in cute. I hope your duck continues to improve. Good luck with your duck.
     
  9. hydrxpxnic

    hydrxpxnic Out Of The Brooder

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    Well as I had said, we only had the bale for two days in the car, we looked through it and it was fine, so mold isnt the problem. Plus we would have smelled it. But I l like the idea of pine shavings and grass, we dont treat our lawn either. Thank you
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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