Medical concern: Was my duck egg bound? Pic included

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Quackalackin, Dec 20, 2016.

  1. Quackalackin

    Quackalackin Out Of The Brooder

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    My duck appears fine now, but I'm wondering if she was egg bound and managed to pass it and wondering if there is any farther concern. I was out of town and my dad was watching my ducks for me. He sent me the below picture on Sunday. I feared egg binding, but I didn't really know what to do as i was away and my ducks run away when approached so my dad couldn't catch one anyway. I thought by the time I got home today it'd be too late, but when I went out and checked her out she appeared back to normal.

    Do you think there is farther concern or action I should take? I've already made myself a rule not to pay for vet bills on the ducks, but I'm happy to try any home care treatments. There is another issue of I'm not positive which of my ducks this even is :/ I have three khakis that look very similar and only I've been able to distinguish slight differences between them. I have a pretty good guess of who it is based on the picture, but it's hard to know for sure. So I checked all three, but nothing looks wrong with any of them.

    Are there general precautions diet wise I should take for the future? I feed them Purina Layena pellets and they free range during the day. I don't do much else besides provide clean water and lock them up at night. I've read calcium is a necessity for their health, is the food provided enough or should I be adding a supplement?

    Thanks for advice and input![​IMG]
     
  2. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Overrun With Chickens

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    That looks like prolapse to me... I'm no expert in that though. Just an observation
     
  3. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    That looks like a rectal prolapse... Do ducks even have rectums? [​IMG]
     
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  4. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Overrun With Chickens

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    A rectum (I looked this up, I did not just know this...) "is the last position of the intestine, culminating in the anus", so I think a duck will have one[​IMG]
     
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  5. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    I learned about prolapses from a vet show...
     
  6. Bills vs Beaks

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    But the intestine and cloaca (where the egg comes out) is a different pipe, so to speak. So if it had to do with the egg production, it wouldn't be a rectal prolapse (I think...)
     
  7. Quackalackin

    Quackalackin Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, so if rectal prolapse might be the guess, if it went back in should I assume it's okay? I think since I see nothing now I'm just going to keep close watch and hope everything stays okay... If not, then I'll consider farther action then.

    Morbid side comment... As someone who has never culled before, what is the best way to take care of that if needed? I haven't had these ducks very long and haven't really prepared myself yet for end of life or severe medical needs. I want to do what I can to care for an ill animal, but as I said, I'm not going to pay high medical bills for these ducks like I do my dogs... This instance made me realize I'm not prepared if I need to do this in the future.
     
  8. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    If its back in then it's fine... We have only culled by chopping off the heads.
     
  9. Bills vs Beaks

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    If it comes out again, I think you need to put vasaline on it to stop it from drying out. There has been threads about dealing with this on here, I suggest reading them if (heaven forbid) it comes out again.

    If you don't mind eating the duck, then butchering as normal would be fine. If it was a pet, or special like mine, personally I would shoot it. I couldnt kill it up close

    Wow, that was morbid...
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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