help needed with duck...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chickenkate17, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. Chickenkate17

    Chickenkate17 Songster

    Aug 1, 2010
    Background: Jemima, a Cayuga duck, started acting differently a couple weeks ago. She was walking really funny and I was concerned she was egg bound, took her to the vet, vet said she's not egg bound. Then she starts molting--everything seemed fine. As her feathers grew in the chickens starting pecking at her, so I separated her in a cage inside the run. On Thursday, she was shivering and there was a chill in the air, so I brought her into the basement to be under a heat light. She is not eating, she drinks very little when I offer it to her. Friday and Saturday, she would just be standing there when I went to check on her--would drink a little water if I offered it. This morning I went down to check on her and now she's just laying down like she doesn't have the strength to stand up--she did drink a tiny bit of water when I offered it, but she seems to be getting worse.

    I read a ton about molting and weight loss etc...but she seems to be getting worse. Not really any feather growth appears to be going on. I don't want to just keep her alive if she's slowly dying of there anyway this is "typical" molting?? My gut tells me no...any suggestions/opinions?
  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    You are completely correct, that is NOT molting.

    I am not sure what to tell you. Just like humans can get sick for lots of different reasons, there are a great number of different illnesses that ducks can get.

    The only thing that I you might be able to try, is a little bit of a 'pep you up' drink. Think something like pedialite, or sugar water, or a tiny bit of peanut butter (mixed with a little water to make it not quite so sticky).

    Stuff like this is super traumatic, sorry you are going through this. [​IMG]
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Looks like my response to you got lost, perhaps.

    This sounds to me like it could be metal toxicity. There is a sticky about this on the Duck Forum, and I would get a vet's help if at all possible.

    In any case, making sure the duck gets good nutrition - a good balanced ration, poultry vitamins twice a week - is what I would do. I would also make a food grade activated charcoal slurry and give that at night - see if that brings any improvement.

    Lots of fresh water, and keep the duck where it's relatively warm so there is no cold stress adding to the trouble.

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