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HELP!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chickenloverrx, May 28, 2017.

  1. chickenloverrx

    chickenloverrx Just Hatched

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    I have 2 ducks...both are females. One pekin and one Rouen. They were both in my backyard roaming around this evening out of there closed in yard. Somehow my Rouen duck found a way to escape while I was in my house and she got on the other side of the fence which has a big pond that I rarely let them swim in. Sadly, a few wild ducks were in the pond when she got out and was attacked. The back of her neck feathers are completely gone. I feel terrible. I don't know what to do. She's not quacking. Her eyes seem to be ok. Any help will be very much appreciated. I'm a first time duck owner and is so lost right now. I feel AWFUL!!!
     
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sounds like the wild ducks mated with your Rouen. Is there's blood clean it with warm water, and separate her from the other duck (birds will pick at wounds and make them worse). The feathers will grow back
     
  3. Quackems

    Quackems Out Of The Brooder

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    Take her into the house immediately and put her in a warm bath with Epsom salts if you have them. She's probably in shock and will thus not drink the bath water. (Stay with her the whole time to make sure she doesn't drink the water or drown). Dilute povidine iodine in a cup of warm water and gently pour it over her wounds. Then rinse the wounds again with cups of plain warm water. Ducks get really cold really quickly after attacks and have difficulty keeping up their body heat after flesh bites/feather loss so let her stay in the warm bath for quite a while until her head is in an upright position and she is displaying more interest in what's around her. (They tend to bunch up and bend their heads down in front of themselves when they're we cold or under duress). Gently lift her out of the tub and place her in a warm towel. Place her in a towel lined box in a warm room in the house. Turn on a space heater (on a safe and low setting) for about a half hour to help her dry while patting her carefully with a hand towel. If you can get a vet to prescribe Gentamycin spray (60 ml) you could spray it over her wounds twice to 3 times daily once she's dry. If not, you can apply Neosporin ointment, however that is still not ideal because it is painful for the ducks to have ointments rubbed on wounds. A Gentamycin spray would be more effective but that can only be prescribed by a vet. I would keep the duck in the house in a room safe from other animals or drafts for as long as the wounds are severe. Once they have healed and feathers grow back she could be put back outside and you could spray a light coating of AluShield, which you can get at most feed supply stores. I really hope your Rouen recovers fully over time. I can empathize with how frightening it would be to find her injured and wounded. Remember, if she seems to be weakening she could develop a bacterial infection from the attack. It would be best, if you think she is battling an infection, to take her to an exotic or Avian vet. I know they can be expensive but it's well worth the money and can be a life saving decision in the end.
     
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  4. chickenloverrx

    chickenloverrx Just Hatched

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    Thank you so much for this. Giving her the bath with the epsom salt right now! Her wounds aren't bad. It is just where the feathers were taken off are a bit red. Once again, thank you!!
     
  5. Quackems

    Quackems Out Of The Brooder

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    That's GREAT!! My best of luck to you and your beloved Rouen and please let us know how it works out!! It sounds like she'll recover over time.
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Fix your escape route lol glad to hear she is going to be okay.
     
  7. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Put her back in her run to get over her ordeal...Happier at home....

    She now knows what Drakes are all about....:th
     
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  8. chickenloverrx

    chickenloverrx Just Hatched

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    She's doing MUCH better. The escape route is fixed and she is FULLY back to her perky self. Thanks everyone for your comments and help. I appreciate it. :celebrate
     
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    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Awesome news!!
     

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