Duck with a lump

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Jasf316, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. Jasf316

    Jasf316 New Egg

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    My wife and i noticed yesterday that one of our magpies has a lump near her rear. We were able to hold her and feel it. It is soft. We think its either an abscess or an egg that might become an issue. I have attempted to attach pics from my ipad and 2 different computers but the forum will not allow me to.
     
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  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I would get her into a tub of lukewarm water, let her float for a while.

    Can you take a look at her vent?

    It could be some egg binding, it could be something else.

    Generally with egg binding, an hour or so floating in lukewarm water can relax the muscles and help pass the egg or eggs. Extra calcium - like a Tums crushed up and added to treats, or 100 mg of calcium citrate from a crushed tablet in treats can help.

    A vet would be good, if possible. Ducks can also have internal swelling due to other problems including infections and heart troubles.

    Has she already been laying? How is she otherwise?

    It might be within the range of normal, but it is noticeable.
     
  4. Jasf316

    Jasf316 New Egg

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    She has been a good layer for around 18 months. I have put a container of oyster flour by the food area so they can get what they need. We felt the lump and it did not feel warm or look discolored. There was some feathers missing and a few stuck together in a area on the side of the lump. We put her in the warm bath and she went about 6 times really quick. We also added some Epsom salts to the water. Yesterday when we looked at her vent it was clean and didn't show any signs of trauma or anything like that. It looked normal. Here are pics of her vent and the area where we think the issue is. [​IMG]
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  5. Jasf316

    Jasf316 New Egg

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    Forgot to add she's eating drinking swimming and interacting with the flock normally. He movments are not erratic and her walking and other duck movments have not changed. I am thinking about after her bath to treat the bare area with rubbing alcohol to clean it and then apply blue coat to protect the area.
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Alcohol will dry it out and burn.
     
  7. Jasf316

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    We decided to not do anything to it.
     
  8. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Remember Epsom salt is a laxative, so I use it as a compress for injuries. It can be helpful as a flush in the case of botulism or other poisoning, but as a laxative there is a risk of dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.

    Glad to read she is acting normally otherwise. Can ducks get fatty tumors?
     

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