Lethargic Duck Help!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by alligatorrouen, Dec 7, 2014.

  1. alligatorrouen

    alligatorrouen New Egg

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    I am not quite sure if I am posting in the right place, as this is my first time asking a question on here. However, one of my ducks is in a predicament. She has not been eating, but she has been drinking water. She hasn't been laying eggs. She had been, up until it started snowing where I live. Today I noticed she hadn't been defecating. She is very lethargic, and doesn't quack. It looks like it is hard for her to walk too. I researched and thought she might be egg bound. She is young, only 8 months old. I put her in a warm bath to help relax her and see if she could expel the egg if there was one trapped. Nothing happened. She did drink some of the water. When I massaged her, she expelled black flakes. I don't really know how to describe it. There was also what looked like mucous in the water. It doesn't feel like an egg is trapped, but this is my first time having a duck and am not sure what is wrong. I would appreciate advice, and thank you all in advance.
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    She seems to be having problems with her egg-laying system. A vet would be best.

    Aside from that, what you are doing - lukewarm bath, as much time in the water as possible, try to tempt her to eat with treats like mashed peas or corn, or put something like Poultry Nutri Drench in the drinking water for calories and some vitamins. Add some calcium to the water, also. Calcium gluconate liquid, two teaspoons per cup of water, or even a half teaspoon with a tablespoon of mashed peas once or twice a day for a big calcium boost. Or, if you have plain calcium tablets, dissolve that into water and give about 50 mg work with some treats once a day for a couple of days.

    Black flakes - when wet, do they dissolve red, like blood? I wonder if there could be a parasite involved? Or yeast infection? Just thinking out loud.
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    It could also be a digestive problem, I suppose, adding a little warmed coconut oil - just a half teaspoon - might loosen an impaction. It is also supposed to be anti-fungal.
     
  4. alligatorrouen

    alligatorrouen New Egg

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I think we just didn't catch whatever she had in time. About a hour ago she threw her head back and died.
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I'm so sorry.. [​IMG]
     
  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Sorry for your loss.
     
  7. mikeru

    mikeru Out Of The Brooder

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    I just had a healthy duck die within 2 days I was seeing stressful mouth breathing, Best way to know is by a necropsy as soon as possible. A diagnostic lab, Sorry for the loss
     

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