Help!!! Duckling having issues swallowing

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Help please! I just got 3 duckling from the mail earlier today and my blue Swedish seems to be having issues swallowing/has something in her mouth. She is standing up with her head back trying to swallow for multiple minutes now. They were all eating and drinking fine before this. They were all putting shaving in their mouths put seeming to spit them out and not eat them but I worried maybe she did try to swallow one, I cannot see anything hanging out of her bill though. She shakes her body a little every so offen as to try to help herself. Please help I am really worried!
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I'm sorry to hear about your duckling.

So we can kind of get an idea of the motion she is doing, could you post a video? To post a video, upload it to a video platform like Youtube or Vimeo, and copy/paste the link here.

Could you gently pry her bill open, and shine a flashlight inside to look for anything stuck? Try gently moving your fingers along her throat, do you feel a blockage?

Have you fed them any treats, if yes, what? What brand of feed are they being fed? What is the temperature in their brooder?
 
Sep 19, 2020
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I'm sorry to hear about your duckling.

So we can kind of get an idea of the motion she is doing, could you post a video? To post a video, upload it to a video platform like Youtube or Vimeo, and copy/paste the link here.

Could you gently pry her bill open, and shine a flashlight inside to look for anything stuck? Try gently moving your fingers along her throat, do you feel a blockage?

Have you fed them any treats, if yes, what? What brand of feed are they being fed? What is the temperature in their brooder?
She just stopped doing it and went to sleep with her other 2 ducklings. Should I try to pry her mouth open now or wait? This is my first time raising ducks, I had chickens for many years though, how would I go about prying a duckling bill open? I did feel her throat earlier, I don’t feel anything. To describe the motion she was doing it looked pretty much the same as a regular duckling swallowing with their head up but it was going on for multiple minutes( I’d say 3-4). Sorry I didn’t take a video when it was happening! I have not fed any treats, the only thing they’ve had is a dish or regular water, a dish of electrolyte water(I used the save-a-chick brand), and duck crumbles (nature’s best brand). Should I change to towels now and wake them up or wait? I did use the Premium Pine Shavings from Tractor Supply as I thought they would have less hard pieces to cut their feet and I did read some review for the other type of pine shavings that they had saying that they were quite chunky. The one I got does have quite a bit of small fluffy shaving though. If I were to go back to shaving after a couple of days with the towels should I by the regular pine shaving instead? Or should I do something else. The last thing, all of their pmpoops are green-ish, they arrived a couple hours ago and they had grow gel in their box so I assumed it was normal, is this so? I attached a pic of them sleeping. Are they doing anything irregular? Sorry if this is a stupid question.
 
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She just stopped doing it and went to sleep with her other 2 ducklings. Should I try to pry her mouth open now or wait? This is my first time raising ducks, I had chickens for many years though, how would I go about prying a duckling bill open? I did feel her throat earlier, I don’t feel anything. To describe the motion she was doing it looked pretty much the same as a regular duckling swallowing with their head up but it was going on for multiple minutes( I’d say 3-4). Sorry I didn’t take a video when it was happening! I have not fed any treats, the only thing they’ve had is a dish or regular water, a dish of electrolyte water(I used the save-a-chick brand), and duck crumbles (nature’s best brand). Should I change to towels now and wake them up or wait? I did use the Premium Pine Shavings from Tractor Supply as I thought they would have less hard pieces to cut their feet and I did read some review for the other type of pine shavings that they had saying that they were quite chunky. The one I got does have quite a bit of small fluffy shaving though. If I were to go back to shaving after a couple of days with the towels should I by the regular pine shaving instead? Or should I do something else. The last thing, all of their pmpoops are green-ish, they arrived a couple hours ago and they had grow gel in their box so I assumed it was normal, is this so? I attached a pic of them sleeping. Are they doing anything irregular? Sorry if this is a stupid question.
Here is a pic of one of their poops, they all look like this.
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She just stopped doing it and went to sleep with her other 2 ducklings. Should I try to pry her mouth open now or wait? This is my first time raising ducks, I had chickens for many years though, how would I go about prying a duckling bill open? I did feel her throat earlier, I don’t feel anything. To describe the motion she was doing it looked pretty much the same as a regular duckling swallowing with their head up but it was going on for multiple minutes( I’d say 3-4). Sorry I didn’t take a video when it was happening! I have not fed any treats, the only thing they’ve had is a dish or regular water, a dish of electrolyte water(I used the save-a-chick brand), and duck crumbles (nature’s best brand). Should I change to towels now and wake them up or wait? I did use the Premium Pine Shavings from Tractor Supply as I thought they would have less hard pieces to cut their feet and I did read some review for the other type of pine shavings that they had saying that they were quite chunky. The one I got does have quite a bit of small fluffy shaving though. If I were to go back to shaving after a couple of days with the towels should I by the regular pine shaving instead? Or should I do something else. The last thing, all of their pmpoops are green-ish, they arrived a couple hours ago and they had grow gel in their box so I assumed it was normal, is this so? I attached a pic of them sleeping. Are they doing anything irregular? Sorry if this is a stupid question.
Sorry I didn’t properly attach the picture of them sleeping🤦‍♀️
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Sep 19, 2020
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I'm sorry to hear about your duckling.

So we can kind of get an idea of the motion she is doing, could you post a video? To post a video, upload it to a video platform like Youtube or Vimeo, and copy/paste the link here.

Could you gently pry her bill open, and shine a flashlight inside to look for anything stuck? Try gently moving your fingers along her throat, do you feel a blockage?

Have you fed them any treats, if yes, what? What brand of feed are they being fed? What is the temperature in their brooder?
The temp is the brooder is 90. I also want to say, thanks so much for your quick response to my original post!
 

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