Lethargic 6 week old drake-possible intestinal blockage? HELP!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by luckyduckchick, Aug 14, 2016.

  1. luckyduckchick

    luckyduckchick Just Hatched

    Aug 14, 2016

    I have two 6 week old Cayuga ducklings, a drake and a hen. Today I noticed my once energetic male duck sitting in a corner of his

    run while the female was out catching bugs and running around like normal. When he did walk around, he would walk slower than

    usual and only gave a half-hearted quack (he's usually really talkative).

    I offered him a bowl of water with vitamins in it, and he drank quite a bit, but wouldn't eat. He walks around for a couple of minutes

    and then plops down in a corner somewhere. I refilled their pond, and while the hen was ecstatic and swimming in it, he refused to

    join her. He pooped once in front of me, and it was quite runny, but still green. I'm not sure if all of his poops were like that or when

    he started to poop like that.

    He is on a crumble and pellet diet with greens available daily. He has a free range of a fenced portion of the yard during the day and

    stays in a pen at night, so that's why I was thinking it was an intestinal blockage, because there are some sticks and rocks around

    that he may have swallowed? His eyes are clear, nostrils too, and his breathing is normal.

    Please reply with any advice you may have. I recently lost an older hen to egg binding (the egg was probably double yolked by the

    look of it) and I can't afford the heartbreak of losing my dear Pip.

  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England

    If possible I would get him to a vet.

    Good that he is drinking. I would put a teaspoon of food grade activated charcoal per cup of water and give that to him to drink overnight. Activated charcoal is used to absorb toxins, and I feel he may have gotten into something.

    You should be able to get it at a pharmacy or pharmacy secion of a big box grocery store - call ahead. Miss Lydia says she finds it near the antacids.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2016
  3. luckyduckchick

    luckyduckchick Just Hatched

    Aug 14, 2016
    Thanks! I was thinking about the charcoal actually, but I wasn't sure if it was relevant to his situation.
    So you don't think it's a blockage? I'm not sure if there is an avian vet near me, but I'll check it out.

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