Help! Duck's beak seems to be rotting?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by eveebee, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. eveebee

    eveebee Hatching

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    I'm pretty sure none of the local vets deal with birds. Mostly cats, dogs, cows, and horses. Kansas State University Veterinary hospital is about an hour from here but I hate to further stress her with the drive. Perhaps they could help diagnose from photos. I put the neosporin on when I locked them up for the night and I'll catch her again in the morning, don't suppose it can hurt. I'll call the vet tomorrow. This stuff always happens on weekends!
     
  2. 70%cocoa

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    The neosporin definitely won't hurt and if it is a bacterial problem it might help. If you can't get easy access to vet advice then see how the neosporin goes and if that makes no difference look into some kind of ointment that's used for fungal skin infections.

    Let us know how you go :)
     
  3. Missy60

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    Ok that good to know because that's the lettuce we actually eat. I got my info about only giving small quantities on the sticky for duck treats.
     
  4. eveebee

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    I have finally heard back from K-state Vet Hospital and they agreed with the neosporin treatment and replied that without seeing the duck they could not determine if was bacterial, fungal or an injury. It seems like her beak is healing and is definitely not any worse. No other ducks are showing signs of a problem. I think that it is a deficiency due to her laying eggs so soon (she's the only one laying) and I also saw her and my female khaki campbell having some sort or beak battle making me think that it's an injury on top of the deficiency. Sound possible?

    I've cut back on the lettuce treats, however we turned them loose in what's left of the garden and they had a great time!
     
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  5. chicklover99

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    my female pekin duck has the same thing they are soft and there are also green spots. she digs in the mud a lot more than the male. should i call the vet .
     
  6. eveebee

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    I didn't take her to the vet. The only vet around that would know anything was the Kansas State University student vet hospital and it would be very expensive. She is doing fine however. Her beak is still pale and spotty but she behaves perfectly fine. Her feet are still very bright orange and healthy looking. I no longer put neosporin on it since the fleshyness healed. I really don't know what it is but it doesn't seem to bother her and the rest of the ducks are also fine. Good luck.
     
  7. DuckLady

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    Those spots can develop when they are ready to lay. Had you been picking at them?
     
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  8. EmAbTo48

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    To me it almost looks more like a wound or tear from something she may have gotten into. Glad it has healed. The black spots are just pigment change. They never should cause a open wound to show up like that. If it healed with neosporin I would guess she cut her bill doing something maybe check your yard out where they go when they free range?

    We breed Pekins, my older hens normally will begin to get spots as they get older. Remember fresh clean water will always prevent from fungal infections. They should have access to fresh water daily to prevent any of this.

    Glad she has healed :)
     
  9. eveebee

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    Not picking at them. But when I first noticed them weeks ago, her beak actually had open sores but it's healed up nicely.
     
  10. DuckLady

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    Awesome!

    The reason I asked was that I had someone who surrendered a duck to me and said that after she tried to pick the spots off, she tried to scrub the spots off with bleach, thinking they were mold from the water. [​IMG]

    Luckily the duck made a full recovery.
     

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