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Mallard Duck Lost Her Voice Changes in Color Beak/Feet Please Help!!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hayleyasaurus, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. hayleyasaurus

    hayleyasaurus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello! My little one year old mallard duck has seemed to have lost her voice. She sounds like a little toy squeaky duck and can't quack very loud at all. I've also noticed that her feet have gotten slightly darker over time and her beak has turned completely black gradually. I really can't afford another vet bill right now so if there's something I can do to help her myself that would be great. Does anyone know why this is happening to her or what I could do to help?
    Thank you,
    Hayley
     
  2. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What have you been feeding her?
     
  3. Stormy Autumn

    Stormy Autumn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know about the voice thing. I know that birds can get an impacted crop, which is where their throat basically gets jammed full of food. I have no idea if that would make them squeaky, but you might want to look into it.

    I wouldn't worry about her bill and feet at all. Those can change color over time and it's perfectly normal, just like a human can be born with blonde hair and grow up to have brown hair.
     
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  4. hayleyasaurus

    hayleyasaurus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have her on layer food from agway and give her spinach grapes melon strawberries ect, as snacks daily.

    That does seem like it would make sense though she has been looking a little awkwardly fat lately, thanks

    I think that I'm just going to take her to the vet it looks like she could also have worms from what i found online
     
  5. featherfinder

    featherfinder Runner Lover

    I have heard that spinach is not good for ducks. Something about it that doesnt allow ducks to absorb calcium I think is what i read.
     
  6. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Spinach is okay in small amounts. Just don't overdo it. It has the same effect on people and chickens too.
     
  7. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the feet and beak coloration is just normal. As they age and then reach full maturity between 6 months and year, they get the final adult coloration.

    The voice, well, don't know what that's about.
     
  8. hayleyasaurus

    hayleyasaurus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh no I definitely over do it on the spinach then I'll make sure not to do that anymore, thanks.
    Yeah i have no clue what could going on with her voice but it's been going on for a little while and hasn't gotten any better just worse so i just made an apt for her tomorrow morning:/
     
  9. Stormy Autumn

    Stormy Autumn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, did you ever get your duck to the vet? What did the vet have to say?
     

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