Emergency - duckling bit a bee/wasp

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by PotatoWaffles, Sep 24, 2015.

  1. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone have any ideas about what I can do for a duckling that has bit a bee? She's two weeks old. I had her outside right next to me and I saw her bite at something on the ground. I didn't see what it was but it flew away. She started shaking her head and peeping nonstop. I brought her inside and now she is having trouble standing. She won't drink and is breathing really hard. Any ideas?

    EDIT: there is no vet around that will treat her
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2015
  2. JadeComputerGal

    JadeComputerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check her mouth right away to see if she has a stinger still stuck in her mouth, usually the tongue or palate. If she does, very gently scrape it off immediately. You can dab some hydrogen peroxide on the sting and even swab her whole mouth with a qtip with hydrogen peroxide.

    You can use infant Benadryl for things like this, but it's of course not recommended or covered by the manufacturer. I want to see if @casportpony has any other ideas. You can go ahead and do the things in the first paragraph, but hold off on the Benadryl until we hear back from her in case it's quick. In the meantime, post her weight so we know what dose you'll need.

    GOOD LUCK!
     
  3. JadeComputerGal

    JadeComputerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm really sorry, but none of the people I'd otherwise ask are signed into BYC right now. Do you by any chance have any children's Benadry liquid in the house, or can you send someone out to get some very quickly?

    In the meantime, if you can get some ice chips on it, that will help with swelling. That's after the stinger is removed.
     
  4. JadeComputerGal

    JadeComputerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will try to check her mouth now. She's standing but constantly peeping softly. I have no Benadryl, just Claritin. Closest store is half an hour away, and I have no ice in the house, no ice maker :/
     
  6. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no idea about her weight, I have a scale somewhere I will look for
     
  7. JadeComputerGal

    JadeComputerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breed is she? That should give us some idea of her 2 week weight. Have you checked/done the other things?
     
  8. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's very hard to check her mouth. I've gently pried it open a few times with a q-tip, nothing seems swollen. There's some brown goo in the corners of her mouth but they were messing with all sorts of plants and leaves and things outside before. Gosh I hope she's okay, these two are my first ducks that have ever imprinted on me. Her sibling is going crazy without her.
     
  9. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no idea about the breed. She's a mixed breed. I have a flock of about five or six different breeds out back, and she's from one of their eggs. Probably a mallard mix. I think mallard/runner or mallard\WH
     
  10. Amiga

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    Do you know how to identify plants?
     

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