duckling eye injury?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kdhogge, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. Kdhogge

    Kdhogge New Egg

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    Hello--I am new to this site, having recently aquired 12 Pekin ducklings, sadly lost one after the first night home so now down to 11; and 6 chicks. I was "talked in" to getting the chicks by the "poultry expert" at Tractor Supply in my town who said they would do great together if raised together as babies. I have recently separated the two groups as the chicks, one in particular, seemed to be pecking at the duckling's eyes. Is this common? I have 4 pullets, not sure of the breed yet but they look identical, and 2 Leghorns. The pullets are currently more agressive toward the ducklings, hopping all over them and seem to be attracted to the shiny black eyes of my ducklings:( I have one duckling who today would not open his right eye--I put a warm compress on it and it did open slightly, but has a whitish spot in it and he does not want to keep it open, so I am assuming a chick pecked him in the eye last night. Any suggestions? He has had the chance to swim and dunk his head, I do have human ophthalmic ointment but am not sure if I can use it on the duckling, but am concerned and of course it's Sunday. I have the chicks on their own side of my 6 foot stock tank now and things have calmed down a great deal. Any suggestions/advise for this first-time duckling/chick mom is greatly appreciated!
    Kelly
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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  3. Kdhogge

    Kdhogge New Egg

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    Thank you! The tea "dunk" worked well, and I applied the eye ointment last night and the little guy or girl has opened it's eye, yay! Seems to be happy and healthy--whether it can see out of that eye or not it is running around with the others and eating and drinking just fine. Thanks so much for the advice!
     

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