Missing feathers, help

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by luna01, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. luna01

    luna01 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two ducks, one male and the other is female. The male seems to be doing fine however I am worried for the female. A few weeks ago I noticed that the female had a patch of feathers missing. This worried me because the ducks live in the same pen that we keep our pig and our goat in. However I assumed that maybe she was just getting her adult feathers in. Now though not only is she missing more feathers but last week she had also been bleeding in the bare area.
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    This is what her back looks like now. I also noticed that she has been limping however when I had picked her up to look at her foot I had to let her go almost instantly because of how hot her body had felt. But I did get to see that her knees were bleeding and that she was starting to lose feathers from her stomach as well. Please help me, what do you think is wrong?
     
  2. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

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    I don't know what is going on with her but it looks like to me someone is plucking her feathers out. Can you get her out of that pen away from the goat and the pig?

    Let me see if Amiga or ms lydia can take a look at this.

    @Amiga
    I hope someone can help you she looks in pretty bad shape.
     
  3. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

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    Can you bring her in the house and wash her with antibiotic soap. Put some neosprorin on her bald spots use the nonpain kind. If you have a big dog crate to put her in that would be great with a towel inside. I would give her poultry antibiotics and give her some electrolites too. Keep her warm and safe away from the others and see how she does.I would bring her in the house to recooperate.
     
  4. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

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    How is she doing. @luna01
     
  5. luna01

    luna01 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you @pattyhen for caring so much about, I am not be able to bring her inside tonight however I do have a big dog crate that I have started to keep her in within the pen itself. You may or may not be able to see it in the pictures but their are black hair like feathers that have been growing back in so I take that as a good sign. And we a currently building a separate pen for the pig and the goat (mostly because we are later going to put chickens and rabbits in there and my mom was worried that the pig and goat will hurt them)I would bring the duck in however if I were to do the I would also have to bring in the male (they don't like being separated) and I think that would be to much noise. I will however take you advise and put neosporin on her bald spots and either tomorrow or the day after I will try to get some poultry antibiotics. Thank you so much.
     
  6. Amiga

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    She needs to be separated from the male also, I believe. Not only may the goat and pig be harming her, but the drake also.

    Her life depends on you protecting her. She has no one but you to help her.

    I would give her time in a tub of lukewarm water, no soap, just time for her to relax and clean up. You might spray a little mild saline solution on her wounds to prevent infection. Can you get Vetericyn spray?
     
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  7. Amiga

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    @luna01 how is she?
     
  8. luna01

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    @Amiga last time I checked on her she was doing fine I have separated the female and the male but she is still outside. This weekend I am planing to take her to my local vet to get her checked out. Thank you for reminding me about the male, my mother had already told me that he may be harming her accidentally by mating(but i think their to young to do that) if they mate similar to how chickens do. Thank you for your help and advice .
     
  9. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

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    Your very welcome and thank you Amiga for your advice too. I hope she does better she looks so pitiful in those pictures. Can you put her in some nice warm water for a swim? I really believe that either the goat, pig or the male is harming her. If you get a seperate pen for the ducks a couple more females might help her too. He might be overmating her. God bless and I hope she gets better. Please keep us updated. Also the vetericyn you can buy at tractor supply like Amiga said.
     
  10. Amiga

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    I look forward to reading an update soon. All the best!
     

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