Duck with swollen abdomen and losing feathers

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by FlockMamma, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. FlockMamma

    FlockMamma New Egg

    Oct 16, 2015
    I have an Indian Runner of indeterminate age. She was a pretty good layer until mid summer and then the shells got thin and brittle and then she quit I figured she was getting old. Then her belly started to swell up and now it is pretty bad. Yesterday I brought her in the house for a warm soak and exam. Her vent is ok but the entire belly is like a water balloon So my diagnosis was water belly and heart or liver problems OR broken eggs inside. BUT her back is naked in a couple spots (might be from the the drake or over preening) and none of her feathers are maturing She feels like she is covered in pin feathers and they only grow to the size of songbirds feather and then fall out. Her eyes are bright, the feathers on her neck and head are normal and she is pooping just fine. I'm not taking her to a vet,
    Any thoughts? The belly seems pretty straightforward but the whole feather thing really throws me
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You could try posting in full detail at "emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures," thread. I'm not sure anything could help her at this point in time.
  4. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]Glad you joined the BYC flock! [​IMG] You might want to post in the Duck Section of BYC or PM @Amiga , a duck expert.
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Thanks for the nod, @Frindizzle - I must leave right now - @FlockMamma please post on the Duck Forum if you could.

    @Orca5094 @casportpony @Kevin565 @Debs Flock @needlessjunk
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    @FlockMama it really does sound serious i am sorry to say, only a vet could give a diagnosis though. Maybe the feather problem is just from poor health, What do you feed? are you offering any additional vitamins or protein [when mine are in molt which is now] I give them extra protein in the form of cat and dog kibble high quality and dried meal worms.along with their feed.

    As for her belly unless your wiling to take her to a vet who will see a duck and I know most won't other than supportive care warm baths and TLC I guess it's just a waiting game. I know some will drain fluid with chickens but I haven't seen anyone do it with ducks

    How does her poop look and is she eating and drinking at all?
  7. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 10, 2013
    My Coop
    Hello :frow and welcome to BYC!

    I am not familiar with ducks, sorry!

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