Lethargic and weak Call duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by firenkyo, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. firenkyo

    firenkyo In the Brooder

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    One of my call ducks is acting very strangely. She's usually very skittish and nervous around humans, but she's been extremely lethargic and allowed me to pick her up with no protest. I noticed that she had been acting odd when I went to change the duck coop about an hour ago.
    The duck coop hasn't been changed in a week, and is very muddy because we've had no straw (we have some now). I was thinking maybe a respiratory issue, but she's not sneezing or coughing.
    Because she's small, she's been picked on by some of the larger ducks, but seems to have been recovering.
    It's winter, so she does not have access to grass or other foraging nutrients. We haven't been feeding the ducks as much fresh greens as we should.

    I'm currently keeping her inside with fresh straw and greens. Help/advice would be appreciated <3

    Symptoms
    Trembling head
    Limping/struggling to walk
    Spread wings
    Refusal to eat or drink
    General lethargy
     
  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Is a vet an option?
     
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  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Oh, can you keep her in a room that's 80-85 degrees? This is the ideal temperature for most sick birds.

    What does her poop look like?
     
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  4. firenkyo

    firenkyo In the Brooder

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    Hopefully I can take her to the vet soon but I'm home alone and can't drive alone.
    As for her poop, she's been upstairs for almost 3 hours and still hasn't pooped yet (maybe the tiniest amount of diarrhea but that's it)
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Is she laying age? If so, when did she lay her last egg?
    Can you post a picture of her?
     
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  6. firenkyo

    firenkyo In the Brooder

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    She is of laying age, I think she's around 4 years old. Her eggs usually don't have any yolk or insides and are just the shell. Around 2 weeks ago?
     

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  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    I really think a vet would be best because she looks pretty sick to me. In the meantime, I would concentrate on keeping her warm and dry. I would also check her for lice and mites.
     
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  8. firenkyo

    firenkyo In the Brooder

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    thank you for your advice, but she died a few minutes ago
     
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  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Oh, I am.so very sorry for your loss. :hugs
     
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  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia ~Delight yourself in the Lord~

    I am so sorry for your loss.:hugs
     

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