Help! 2 week old duckling has a lump on it’s bottom

Ebell432

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Hello everyone- I need help. We hatched out 3 ducklings two weeks ago and things have been fine. This isn’t our first time with ducks. However, I noticed tonight that one of them has a lump on it’s bottom, right side. It’s acting totally normal and pooping. What can be the problem?

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Stipenvlerk

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I don’t know the problem about the belly..
How does he smell? Normal or bad?
How does the lump feel? Hard or squishy?
My first thoughts are infection or hernia. But again, not an expert by far.

Are The bottom of his feet ok? The ball of his feet seems so lumpy In the picture...
All the best with your duckie
 

Isaac 0

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Welcome :frow

I'd like to know what this duckling is being kept in, pictures would be great. Mild stages of Pododermatitis are already evident on the bottom of her feet which is a good sign that the conditions that she is being kept in are not optimal at all. As far as the swelling, she seems too old to be considering a yolk sac infection, so I might guess ascites, how does it feel? Another thing to consider would be a ruptured air sac, here is some more info,

https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/subcutaneous-emphysema-pictures-added.828000/

Nonetheless, this is not normal and she should be taken to a vet if possible.
 

Ebell432

Hatching
Jun 9, 2020
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I don’t know the problem about the belly..
How does he smell? Normal or bad?
How does the lump feel? Hard or squishy?
My first thoughts are infection or hernia. But again, not an expert by far.

Are The bottom of his feet ok? The ball of his feet seems so lumpy In the picture...
All the best with your duckie
He smells normal. The lump feels squishy
Welcome :frow

I'd like to know what this duckling is being kept in, pictures would be great. Mild stages of Pododermatitis are already evident on the bottom of her feet which is a good sign that the conditions that she is being kept in are not optimal at all. As far as the swelling, she seems too old to be considering a yolk sac infection, so I might guess ascites, how does it feel? Another thing to consider would be a ruptured air sac, here is some more info,

https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/subcutaneous-emphysema-pictures-added.828000/

Nonetheless, this is not normal and she should be taken to a vet if possible.

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I have 3 ducklings in here. What can I do about the feet?

The lump is so far behind the legs it seems like the lungs wouldn’t go that far back? She is acting totally normal and pooping and eating and drinking.They have all been inside since they were hatched.

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The red light makes it hard to see but that is the lump- not a shadow.
 

Isaac 0

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He smells normal. The lump feels squishy


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I have 3 ducklings in here. What can I do about the feet?

The lump is so far behind the legs it seems like the lungs wouldn’t go that far back? She is acting totally normal and pooping and eating and drinking.They have all been inside since they were hatched.

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The red light makes it hard to see but that is the lump- not a shadow.

Would you say it feels like it's filled with air or more like fluids, the area looks like it may be where the abdominal air sac or posterior thoracle air sacs may be.

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Where in the world do you live, I would take her to a vet if you can, this is not normal.

How is she breathing?
 

Ebell432

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Jun 9, 2020
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Would you say it feels like it's filled with air or more like fluids, the area looks like it may be where the abdominal air sac or posterior thoracle air sacs may be.

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Where in the world do you live, I would take her to a vet if you can, this is not normal.

How is she breathing?
I looked up a diagram and it does make sense that it would be an air sac! I’m in Illinois. She is breathing the same as the others- I can’t tell them apart without looking for the lump. It came on very suddenly and it feels like air.
 

Isaac 0

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I looked up a diagram and it does make sense that it would be an air sac! I’m in Illinois. She is breathing the same as the others- I can’t tell them apart without looking for the lump. It came on very suddenly and it feels like air.

Can you take her to a vet? I'd make sure its actually an air sac rupture before poking a hole into the area. If not, I'll try to help.
 
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Isaac 0

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""Treatment for this condition is fairly simple and effective. Your veterinarian will disinfect around the skin area, and then he will carefully push a sterile needle into the skin above the air to allow the air to escape. Don’t be surprised if the area almost immediately fills with air again, as it may continue to do so after several repeated attempts to push out the air. Once the pressure is off, any remaining air will be slowly absorbed into your bird’s system without harm. Surgical repair or antibiotic treatment may be necessary but your specialist will be able to advise you on that. It is hard to know whether this will be just a once off event, some birds can tend to have this happen on a regular basis. If this happens with your bird, your veterinarian will teach you how to do this air release process yourself, keeping in mind that any equipment you use must be sterilized always to prevent infection. Sometimes it may be many months before it ever happens again, sometimes it could reoccur within a month. Once the problem is solved, your bird will carry on with its life as per normal."""

Read more at: https://wagwalking.com/bird/condition/air-sac-rupture
 

Isaac 0

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Animal Ark Veterinary Clinic ChicagoIL
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Dr. Ken Welle All Creatures Animal Hospital UrbanaIL
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Try Contacting Dr, Ken Welle.
 

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