how does it eat

cowman910

Songster
10 Years
Feb 1, 2009
372
1
129
Suffolk County,NY
last night a racoon attacked my duck. he is still alive but his bill got ripped off . what can i do to help. how can i feed her? he has a head but his mouth and nose (bill) is missing
 

Bock_Bock

Songster
11 Years
Dec 13, 2008
2,268
4
191
Hayward, Ca
im sorry to say this but if that much is missing im sure he is in pain and my own oppinion i would cull sorry to say
 

cowman910

Songster
10 Years
Feb 1, 2009
372
1
129
Suffolk County,NY
he is acting fine he isnt showing any signs of pain and she is acting normal

idk i just put some of her freshest eggs in the bator
 

Bock_Bock

Songster
11 Years
Dec 13, 2008
2,268
4
191
Hayward, Ca
even tho it does not look as if it is in pain im sure any fowl having its beak or bill ripped off by a coon is in pain it will be the best for her but she is your pet so i can not tell you what to do but if it was mean i would
 

TimeMist

In the Brooder
11 Years
Sep 23, 2008
89
0
29
New Zealand
I agree that you should cull the bird. Even if it isn't in pain it's going to live a very difficult life without a bill. But I'm sure the bird must be in a great deal of pain.
 

Emzyyy

Runs with Deer
11 Years
Jul 14, 2008
2,952
21
191
Derby Kansas
I have a crossbeaked silkie hen named Felicity (thought it was male at first used to be Felix), and I have to hand feed her everyday its alot of work but w/o a beak I don't know if the duck would want to live like that.
 

MoodyChicken

Songster
10 Years
Feb 15, 2009
1,869
25
181
Northern California
Give it some time before you cull. Watch how it eats. It's very likely that it will adapt and be just fine, but if it is unable to care for itself you should put it down. If you're willing to dedicate a lot of time to it, you could easily keep it living happily by hand feeding it every day. Put some neosporin on the beak to prevent infection and watch her carefully. Examine the bird daily and check for weight loss and if there is anything in the crop to see if she's eating. I'd give her a week before you decide to cull.
 

Katy

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jun 29, 2007
16,317
70
331
Kansas~50+ yrs of chickens
Without a bill I don't think there's anyway it can adapt to find a way to eat. I know how my ducks are and without either a top or bottom bill they will slowly die of dehydration and starvation.
 

MoodyChicken

Songster
10 Years
Feb 15, 2009
1,869
25
181
Northern California
I guess ducks do that dabbling thing... without the bill that would be difficult. I'd still give it a day or two just to see. There's always a chance. Tomorrow, if the crop is full, it's eating on it's own.
 

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