Help! Duckling with terribly deformed beak dumped in my yard!! *PICS*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mommyofthree, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. mommyofthree

    mommyofthree Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2010
    A friend of a relative of mine got a huge load of hay yesterday and apparently there was a duckling in it. So he had our relative take it who then just brought it to my house and put it with the rest of our ducks without asking or telling us, UGH!! [​IMG] My hubby saw him pulling out of our yard and asked what he was doing, by then it was too dark for us to find the poor thing since our birds free range on 2 acres. The relative never told us about the beak, which he obviously noticed. [​IMG]

    I found it this morning in the yard and the beak is terribly deformed, I put it in a pen by itself for now. It looks like it probably hatched that way, it does not like an injury. My first thought was to cull it, I'm not sure it can live a good life like this. But then again it has grown this big..?? I've never seen anything like this. Can it live a normal life or will it suffer??
  2. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    Oh poor poor llittle one. Just a naive question, I've never owned ducks but will it eventually grow out? Kinda like how some other birds do?
  3. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

    Aug 17, 2008
    I think he will live just fine like that though it looks pretty nasty. Give the fellow a chance.
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    That looks just terrible. Does the duckling eat OK? Looks sort of like the outside of the beak is almost melted looking, while there is still the inside........
  5. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

    Nov 20, 2009
    As long as it can eat and drink it should be fine. Ducks can be very hardy [​IMG]
  6. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a young goose that had a weird beak from an long as it can eat and drink (which it obviously has learned to do) It will be OK. Make sure he is healthy and let him run with yours! Congrats! Terri O
  7. Cosmopolis Chick

    Cosmopolis Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2010
    Grays Harbor
    Quote:Wow. Get some locks for your gate! [​IMG]
    If you don't have gates - get some!!!
    That 'friend' just exposed your whole flock to... who KNOWS what!!!
    If you're still speaking to them explain new additions must be quarantined. [​IMG]

    I can't say anything about the poor duckling except it's HUGE, are you sure it's not a gosling?
  8. mommyofthree

    mommyofthree Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2010
    I am soooo mad that it was just dumped in my yard, people can be so stupid!! [​IMG] I would have gladly taken it if I had been asked, we have a nice big empty pen that it's in now where I would have put it right away, away from my other birds. [​IMG]

    I put out a nice deep bowl of food and water so we will see if it will eat or drink it. I am assuming it will be alright since it has gotten this big. Time will tell. [​IMG]
  9. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Poor baby. [​IMG] I hope it will be ok. Thank you for caring for it.
  10. mommyofthree

    mommyofthree Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2010
    Quote:I don't think it will grow back. There's a mallard at a local pond that is missing about 1/3 of his top beak and it has been like that for a couple of years. I used to think that was bad....

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