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Help! Explosive Diarrhea!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ashleyblair, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. ashleyblair

    ashleyblair Hatching

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    Hi! My 8 month old Pekin has been having explosive diarrhea about a week now :/ is there anything I can give her? I had just taken her to the vet 2 weeks ago because she was egg bound and they prescribed antibiotics, but they should be out of the system by now! The poo shoots 4-5 feet, is a huge mess and stinks terribly. I just want her to get better! Has anybody's duck had this problem before??
    Thanks [​IMG]
     

  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Never had this problem although they can shoot poop pretty far at times. Go to the feed store and get the packaged electrolytes with probiotics I know TSC carries them. you put it in their water. Antibiotics do cause upset tummy and it maybe just taking time to get the good bacteria working again so the probiotics with vitamins and electrolytes will help with the good bacteria. Please keep us updated.

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  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    Miss Lydia wrote what my first thoughts are - probiotics is the way I would go. Duck tummies can get very out of whack after antibiotics.
     
  4. michellers

    michellers Chirping

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    Is it a good idea to give that stuff to adult ducks periodically?
     
  5. Speceider

    Speceider Songster

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    Sounds more like cecal feces which tend to be dark in color and very liquid. Usually, they only cleanse the cecum once a day or so, depending upon diet.

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  6. ashleyblair

    ashleyblair Hatching

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    thanks everyone :) I'll run to tractor supply and get some electrolytes! hopefully this gets her back to normal! I'll let you know
    thanks!! [​IMG]
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    So you don't think the antibiotics could be playing a part in this, sounds like it may not be the norm for this duck. I don't think some electrolytes/probiotics would hurt either way.
     

  8. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    The electrolytes help rebalance the electrolytes lost from diarrhea, but the probiotics are needed if the antibiotics have messed up the duck's intestinal flora.

    So get both!
     
  9. ashleyblair

    ashleyblair Hatching

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    I think she's actually waiting until she comes out of her cage to poop! When we let her out of the pen every night, she walks right into the kitchen and it goes everywhere...I know they don't technically have the muscles to hold it in, but from the looks of it, she won't poop until she gets out of the pen, away from her eggs!
     
  10. Speceider

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    Again, sounds like cecal feces....same as a broody hen when she leaves the nest... The cecum are for fermenting vegetable matter, they have a lot of control of when they release the contents...

    Clint
     

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