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Duckling suddenly died?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Little Byrd, Jan 27, 2016.

  1. Little Byrd

    Little Byrd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I had 5 ducks ages 8-14 weeks old. The youngest started acting funny 2 days ago. She started constantly squeaking instead of quacking and she stood hunched up by the fence instead of splashing in the pool with the others.
    Yesterday I found her dead on her side when I let the ducks out of the coop.

    Today one of my males has started squeaking loudly instead of his regurlar voice. I'm worried the same might happen to him. What could possibly be going on with them? They are all eating and drinking just fine.
     
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  2. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I'm so sorry to hear that.
    While I'm not expert on ducks or duck health, I can try to help narrow it down.

    Is the male young like her or one of the older ones?
    Has there been a change in temperature or weather?
    How are their droppings?
    Are they sneezing or wheezing?
    Do they have any parasite problems?
    What are they eating? Do they have access to anything dangerous?
    How clean is the water?

    I hope the rest remain healthy and happy.
     
  3. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry you lost your duckling. Do you have a vet you can take the other one to? Did you notice any other symptoms?
     
  4. Little Byrd

    Little Byrd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The male is 10 weeks, and yes there has been a sharp change in weather. It went from snowing to 65F in 24hours and has remained warm over here.

    The ducks live together, so I don't know whose droppings are whose, but all the poop I noticed was light brown and solid. I have been feeding them a lot of mashed carrots and cabbage and other veggies. Is it okay to give the celery and the leaves? The only thing dangerous that they could have eaten is mashed veggies that have been out too long, and even then they would get a tummy ache at worst.

    I give them twice a day either tap water or rain water that I keep in a big bucket under the gutter. They do sneeze sometimes, but it is very rare.
     
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  5. GitaBooks

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  6. blueducklings

    blueducklings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have they been eating spinach?
    Does the eye of the dead bird look sunken?
     
  7. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did any of the veggies spoil? If they ate spoiled food it could give them botulism and that can kill.
     
  8. Little Byrd

    Little Byrd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No spinach, and the duckling still looked normal.
     
  9. blueducklings

    blueducklings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh good
    Spinach causes their tiny kidneys to shut down and they dry up from the inside and die suddenly
    Read that from the British Indian runner newsletter
    A few of mine died that way
     
  10. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I'm sorry to hear that. I'll keep away from the spinach with that in thought.

    I've also heard spinach isn't good for animals because it prevents the absorption of calcium. Its weird to think humans can eat it when so many animals can't.
     

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