Duck with drooping neck and balance issues

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by The3LeggedDuck, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. The3LeggedDuck

    The3LeggedDuck New Egg

    Mar 8, 2014
    I have a crested Pekin duck that has had some issues in the past where she would try to stand up, drop her head and neck down low and stumble backwards. The first time she did this (about a year ago), I thought she had broken her leg or hip. I brought her in, kept her quiet and still and before long, she was up and running again. Then recently it happened again with the same results. But today, I literally thought her neck was broken. She would try to stand up but her head would drag the ground. I picked her up and her head just drooped. I held it up and brought her in, wrapped her in a towel and just watched her for a little while. After about 30 minutes, she just stood up, flapped her wings and looked at me as if to say, "it's time to take me back out!" I took her out and watched her for a while. She acted like nothing had happened. She walked around with the other ducks, ate some food, drank some water so I thought all was well. This evening, I checked on her. She was walking around just fine. Then all the sudden, she just laid down and couldn't hold her head up. As I went to get her, one of the other ducks actually walked right over her, but she didn't even try to get up.
    There is no rotting food around and the water supply is completely fresh all the time because I have a pump in the creek which pumps the water up to a garden pond which spills into another pond and then flows back to the creek. Lately, it has rained a lot so their area is pretty muddy. I normally keep hay around on the ground, but I didn't have any the other day when the rain started. I would think it would take more than just a few days of wet weather to cause problems. I've read all about botulism poisoning, but I really don't think this is the case since the other ducks are fine and this has happened with her before. My wife wonders if she's having seizures, but it doesn't really seem like a seizure either. Tonight, I noticed one side of her head (from the bill to just past the eye) is swollen and her eye on that side seems irritated. The other eye is perfect. I thought this could be from her head being walked on when she couldn't get up, but just not sure. She is 3 years old. Any help will be most appreciated.
    And in case anyone is wondering about my username, yes, I have a 3-legged duck! More on that later. For now, I want to help my little friend.
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    [​IMG] i think you maybe on to your ducks problem, being crested is most likely whats going on, Here is a recent thread all about a little crested Pekin read to the end and see what a vet has to say about this little duckling. it may help you understand whats could be going on with your duck. Then if you can you may want to get your duck evaluated by a vet that would at least listen and check her out. As far as the swelling she may have hurt
    herself when she was dragging her head. you could put some Apple Cider Vinegar into their drinking water it's antibacterial and also a good all round tonic for poultry, 1-2 tablespoons to 1 gal of water. Wash her face in this can help heal, also there is a product called Veterycin spray TSC carries it great and safe to use in and around the face and helps heal wounds and infections. When she has this happen i would dif bring her in to keep her from hurting herself just like you did. Please let us know how she is doing and what you decide to do to help her. Thanks.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2014

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