*Just brought home a duckling with no nostrils. PICS*UPDATE pg3*

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Sparrow, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. Sparrow

    Sparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2008
    I went to the feed store tonight to get some crumbles and scratch, and they had 4 stock tanks full of "Assorted ducklings" which I'm fairly positive are all White Pekins. lol Anyway, one little baby was isolated in a box by herself, so I checked her out. She seemed to be having breathing trouble. Just laying there, open mouthed breathing. So, I picked her up to look closer...and saw that she is tiny. The other duckling are getting big at just about 1 week old, but she is so small. That's when I noticed her deformities.

    Her head is tiny and round like a Call Duck, her bill is only approx. 1/3 the size of her broodmates' bills. Her feet are tiny and thin, too, and her back is very short, so she looks very "boxy". I looked closer at her bill, and realized that not only is the bottom part slightly longer than the top, but she seriously has no nostrils at all. No openings, no indentation, nothing. In fact, where her bill should be thicker at the base where it joins her head, it is rather concave looking. [​IMG] No wonder she has trouble breathing! So, I brought her home.

    The feed store hadn't looked at her closely enough to see her lack of nostrils, so they thought she had a respiratory infection and put her on antibiotics. I don't think she has an infection at all. She makes a clicking "mouthy" noise when she opens her beak to breathe, but I don't think it is coming from down in her lungs. She can eat, but only one crumble at a time, and has good body weight. She can drink just fine, and make ducky noises, albeit quietly. She loves to be held, but she tends to act fairly sleepy. She has a hard time sleeping because she wakes herself up breathing through her mouth.

    I have never seen anything like this before, and I will post pictures ASAP. Have any of you seen a similar condition? Any ideas on how I can make her more comfortable? I know her deformities are not really treatable, but if anybody has ideas on how to help her more, please share them!

    Here are some pictures of Primrose:

    First is a full body view of her to see how teeny she is at 1 week old, and how out of proportion she is, especially her bill:

    Here is a close up of her bill. The peely bit on top of her bill is a wet piece of pine bedding. I know the picture is blurry, but if you look closely, you can see that the area where her nostrils should be is actually sunken in, and completely smooth.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2009
  2. duck&chickencrazy

    duck&chickencrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2008
    that was really nice of you to take that duckling cause my bet is that if no one had taken it...the poor thing would have been disposed of....GOOD FOR YOU... [​IMG] hope she stays healthy....
  3. muscovy94

    muscovy94 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 11, 2008
    Vicksburg, MS
    Yes I'm glad you took her also. I love people like you. I hope she makes it (I'll be praying) [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2009
  4. vicki2x2

    vicki2x2 Super Chick

    Feb 9, 2008
    Central Michigan
    Awwww, poor little thing! I have no idea how to help, but hope lots of TLC have her catching up with the other soon! [​IMG]
  5. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Sounds like a cute little guy..
    Hope he does good, and Ill be waiting for that picture!
  6. Skitz

    Skitz Skitz15k

    Nov 11, 2008
    Quote:poor little ducklin [​IMG]
  7. bluetaterbaby

    bluetaterbaby Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 5, 2009
    :)What a wonderful thing to do.
  8. Deedee

    Deedee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    Kilgore, TX
    [​IMG] All I can say is God Bless you for taking her home. Poor baby, I hope she'll make it. [​IMG] It is a beautiful thing you have done. [​IMG]

    Hugs and prayers
  9. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    Could be some kind of dwarfism???

    As long as it can breath through its mouth, I don't see why it can't lead a good life. Might be other things wrong though, but thank you for giving it a chance [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2009
  10. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    Oh what a sweet little thing! You are a wonderful person!

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