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Is this normal behavior?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by PoultryGirly, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi. I have 3 ducks and this evening I noticed them barely shaking their heads once in a while and they opened their mouth once. I don't know if they have done this before. I'm really worried about them. They are acting completely normal, though.
     
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    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This was just after meal and drinking time...
     
  3. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone?
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Could be they were working some food morsels down their throats.

    Something really wild to see is when my runners gobble down a bunch of dry pellets, then try to work it down the throat before having a drink. They wiggle their necks, open and close their bills. When I see them do this, I tell them to take a drink.
     
  5. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they probably are trying yo get food down their throats. I'll see in the morning, before I feed them, if they are still doing this; hopefully they arent. Could it be gape worm? What are the signs?
     
  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    They have plenty of water 24/7, right?

    Let's see if I can find that reference in Storey's Guide.

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    To paraphrase some of this section:

    Gapeworm symptoms include vigorous head-shaking and coughing. A relatively clean environment reduces the risk. It is not recommended to deworm ducks unless you know they have worms, as it may reduce their natural immunity. A fecal sample test is the best way to know for sure.
     
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  7. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they usually do, unless they get really thirst.
     
  8. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, this morning and tonight, I checked on them before they ate and they weren't doing it, so I think they were just working food down their throat, like you said, Amiga. Thanks!
     
  9. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Shew. Relief!
     
  10. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah!!!!
     

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