Help! My duck won't eat!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by animallover94, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. animallover94

    animallover94 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a male mallard duck who is a little over a year old. He has been acting fine and healthy until the last few days, however. Lately he hasn't been eating anything. Every time I come out and check his dish it is completely untouched. I don't know what to do! Please help me!!
     
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    Is it particularly hot there right now?? Do your ducks freerange for feed as well as being offered pellets?? I am thinking that is its particularly hot he may just not have much of an appetite and not wanting the pellets.

    Other than that- a blockage of some kind in the throat, or parasites are other things that could be effecting his appetite.
     
  3. animallover94

    animallover94 Out Of The Brooder

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    No, it hasn't been very hot here at all actually. The last few days it has been in the mid 70's. Mainly I just offer pellets because the area that he is in doesn't have much for him to forage for. If he did have a blockage or parasite, how would I tell?
     
  4. animallover94

    animallover94 Out Of The Brooder

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    Also, I just remembered that a few days ago when I went out, this particular duck seemed to have eaten a slug. He had gobs of slime around his beak and he kept "chewing" and trying to get it down. I tried to remove any slime from his mouth and the slug if possible but I couldn't find it. Could this have something to do with it?
     
  5. animallover94

    animallover94 Out Of The Brooder

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    I would REALLY appreciate some input here from anybody. I can't just sit here and let him starve. Please, ANYBODY, tell me what to do. I need help ASAP.
     
  6. duck15

    duck15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    did you try to put more water on its food?
     
  7. Miss Lydia

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  8. animallover94

    animallover94 Out Of The Brooder

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    He is drinking so I guess I'll try the molasses. How much should I put in?
     
  9. animallover94

    animallover94 Out Of The Brooder

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    I tried giving him the water with molasses in it last night and he drank some. Should I continue to put molasses in or will this be enough?
     
  10. Miss Lydia

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