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Help for Treating Duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by dorothyofoz5, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. dorothyofoz5

    dorothyofoz5 In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2017
    Hello, I noticed recently some strange things on one of my male duck's beak and in his eye. I'm just trying to get suggestions on what it is and how to treat it. I'm pretty new to owning ducks. I have only had the 4 that I own for a year now. The first picture is of his beak, he doesn't seem to be in pain when I touch it. We cleaned it off with some hydrogen peroxide. Next his eye has been having some white, foamy discharge in the corner of it and he is losing some feathers around both eyes. I also noticed some feather loss on the back of his neck and a small scab. We isolated him from the other ducks for now and gave him some warm water to clean off in.
    Just wondering if anyone can tell me what this is and how I can go about treating it. Thank you very much. [​IMG]

  2. cheezenkwackers

    cheezenkwackers Songster

    Aug 28, 2016
    Memphis, TN
    When my two drakes were fighting one had the foamy eye, feather loss around the eyes, and some scrapes on his bill. I wasn't nearly as bad as yours though. Another male establishing dominance would explain the lost feathers and scab on the back of his neck. Someone else posted last week about their drake's bill peeling due to spring hormones. I will see if I can find the post.
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    @dorothyofoz5 do not use peroxide again can can injure healthy flesh okay to use 1X for cleaning looks like your drake may have been trying to get out of his enclosure? you think? If someone is beating up on him possibility could explain the injured bill. But keeping in separate area or with another duck[not drake] would be a good idea. Having one other duck with him will help him feel better since they are flock animals. Put some Apple Cider into his drinking water he will wash his face with it and it will help his eyes and bill. 1-2 tab to 1 gallon of fresh water. This time of year drakes are getting their hormones surging up for mating and it can be hard on less dominant drakes so keeping separated during the mating season may be only alternative. Besides culling or rehoming.

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