HUGE LUMP ON ONE SIDE

tonirene

In the Brooder
7 Years
May 9, 2012
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5 WEEK OLD DUCK HAS STOPPED EATING THE CRUMBLES,IS STILL DRINKING WATER.HIS CHEST HAS HUGE LUMP ON ONE SIDE.IS NOT ACTING LIKE HIS NORMAL SELF.WILL EAT PEAS FOR ME.THEY HAVE BEEN EATING THE BEDDING,IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THERE MAY BE SOME LODGED IN THERE?
 

zooweemama

Songster
7 Years
Apr 17, 2012
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Far Northern California
Do you have a pic? A 5 week old eating bedding? Wow! What kind of bedding? Are you offering food and water 24/7 right now? If he has a full tummy I don't know why he'd want to eat the bedding. Does he free range? Maybe he ate something he shouldn't have. Are any of the other ducks acting funny?
 

tonirene

In the Brooder
7 Years
May 9, 2012
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Do you have a pic? A 5 week old eating bedding? Wow! What kind of bedding? Are you offering food and water 24/7 right now? If he has a full tummy I don't know why he'd want to eat the bedding. Does he free range? Maybe he ate something he shouldn't have. Are any of the other ducks acting funny?
I DON'T KNOW FERSURE IF THEY ARE EATING IT BUT SURE DOES LOOK LIKE THEY ARE.WHEN HE IS STANDING ONE SIDE OF THE CHEST IS SUPER HUGE AND HE IS BREATHING MORE LIKE PANTING.I DON'T KNOWW WHAT TO DO AND I CAN'T FIND A SINGLE VET IN OMAHA TO SEE HIM
 

nurse_turtle

Songster
8 Years
May 28, 2011
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If he's eating the bedding, he has an impacted crop and will die without intervention. Bedding (shavings) cannot be digested and cannot move through the crop into the stomach. You can try squeezing it gently to try to force the stuff out of the crop. Crop surgery may be his only hope. Some folks perform this themselves and others prefer a vet.
 

Amiga

Overrun with Runners
10 Years
Jan 3, 2010
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Southern New England
Try giving the duck a teaspoon of olive oil and see if that lubricates the material so it can be passed.

Meanwhile, give water with a little bit of sugar for calories and to keep the crop moist, which might help things pass, also.
Has the duck run out of water in the last few days?
 

Amiga

Overrun with Runners
10 Years
Jan 3, 2010
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Southern New England
I just read that lead poisoning has similar effects, causing impaction among other problems. Some oil, plenty of liquid may help in any case.
 

tonirene

In the Brooder
7 Years
May 9, 2012
61
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If he's eating the bedding, he has an impacted crop and will die without intervention. Bedding (shavings) cannot be digested and cannot move through the crop into the stomach. You can try squeezing it gently to try to force the stuff out of the crop. Crop surgery may be his only hope. Some folks perform this themselves and others prefer a vet.
i just wanted to say "Thank You" for your advice.i did exactly what you suggested and by morning me was ok..
 

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