Ducks mysteriously dieing

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by wakas arshad, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. wakas arshad

    wakas arshad New Egg

    Nov 21, 2013
    Hi everyone this is my first post here unfortunately because I am facing a serious problem. I had 14 ancona ducks but 4 of them have died all of a sudden. They were all healty when I closed them in for the night in the morning when I went to open them I found them dead. This has happened 4 times now within a week and I am worried. I did notice that the last two that died were limping as if weak I am feeding them well no change in diet and they roam the farm freely.
    Please help
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Welcome to the forum, I wish it were happier first time, but I pray we may help you.

    Please tell us more about what they are being fed. And their bedding, their water, just every boring detail you can think of. How big is their shelter, what is the temperature, what other animals are there, are there any open containers of food, medicine, cleaners, anything like that.

    Here are some of my thoughts, not knowing anything about the circumstances.

    too cold
    too hot
    not enough water
    bacterial infection
    toxic-metal poisoning

    So you see, there are many things I am thinking about, that's why I hope you can give us lots of details.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2013
  3. zook

    zook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2013
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    I lost a Muscovy this week as well. All fine one day, then later in the day, she was crawling on her belly like she could not get up. She was very weak and died a few hours later. I am now ending the third day since she passed with the remaining 4 ducks, still sound and healthy so far.

    Mine were recently moved into the barn from an enclosure beside the house. The room was cleaned before the move, had about 4-6 inches of pine shavings put down for bedding. Feeding was poor for the first 48 hrs after the move. Now all are eating well. So my issue may be on watch mode now. I just keep everything clean and poo removed about 4 times a day.

    Look for anything no matter how trivial it may seem, and if there is any doubt about it bad or questionable to your ducks health then try and remedy it. Everybody here I am sure will make good suggestions to you based on the info you put out. Good luck and keep us posted. It is tragic[​IMG]
  4. Irishgirl

    Irishgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2013
    Middle Earth
  5. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2012
    LP Michigan
    Amiga's very right. Many things to consider... One other option for you that I would add is to take a poo sample in to have it examined. Hopefully a scientific thinker perhaps even non poultry vet would be willing.
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  6. zook

    zook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2013
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Anything new to report.[​IMG]
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Last edited: Nov 22, 2013

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