Mouth Breathing

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by newbabyducks322, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. newbabyducks322

    newbabyducks322 Out Of The Brooder

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    My pekin duckling breaths with her mouth open. She is 2 weeks old and should be getting heat still but she gets to hot in any heat that is required. It can be 60F or less in my room and she will still be acting like she is hot. Is she actually over heating or is this how she breathes? I know there is nothing in her nose to block her from using it.
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Ducks can pant when they are nervous . . . is she a single duck? She may feel too lonely.

    Just a guess.
     
  3. newbabyducks322

    newbabyducks322 Out Of The Brooder

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    She has another duckling with her. I don't know why she would be nervous.
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Each duckling has his or her own personality. So, some are more mellow than others. Also, each can have a slightly different metabolism. Of my original eleven Runners, about five of them did not thrive in temperatures below 40F. The rest did fine.

    That is not necessarily the issue - panting can be from overheating, nervousness, possibly nutritional imbalance (yes, some ducklings have slightly different needs), respiratory infection, and maybe other things. There might be something in the air - pollen, vapors - that is irritating her breathing system.
     
  5. poopular duck

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    Hi, I have a Pekin duck,approximately 7 weeks old, in last days it does same thing, breathes mouth wide open, while its body is trembling and generally one leg behind..she does it especially when resting at nights..and its legs are quite hot..also in last weeks it sneezed from time to time..i didnt know how i must interpret it because it loves food and swimming still very much.. i brought it to a veterinary and since it was too distressed the veterinary couldnt check ducks health, and offered to give antibiotics instead..but i want to show it to a second veterinary before using antibiotics..could it be a aspergillosis ? İ heard that it is an insidious illnes..Because it steps on water cup and sometimes sleeps on a wet brood :(( or sometimes jumps over brood (brood is full wood cravings) and sleeps on cold layers of bathroom...so..could she have a bronchitis going from acute to chronic? Do i have to worry? What do you advise
     
  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I think you have good reason to be concerned. Can you get the vet to check for aspergilliosis? I would. And it may be a bacterial infection - but I would get moving on treatment because by the time a duck seems sick, the illness has progressed. Take a look at the article on Laddy's Asper in this newsletter. http://www.majesticwaterfowl.org/mmissue121.htm


    Also here are some links to help improve the bedding in regards to waterlogging.


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/641902/created-a-water-saver-for-my-duck-brooder

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/679433/water-water-everywhere/10

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/858161/feed-water-solution-for-brooder#post_12901321

    http://frankiemakes.blogspot.ca/2012/06/watering-solution-for-ducks.html

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/259876/do-your-ducks-have-water-at-night/10#post_13568197

    post number 8 from this
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/959603/ducklings-getting-stuck-on-their-backs#post_14939819

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/969751/help-baby-ducklings#post_15125952


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/641902/created-a-water-saver-for-my-duck-brooder

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/679433/water-water-everywhere/10

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/858161/feed-water-solution-for-brooder#post_12901321

    http://frankiemakes.blogspot.ca/2012/06/watering-solution-for-ducks.html

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/259876/do-your-ducks-have-water-at-night/10#post_13568197

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...for-water-for-ducks-and-chicks-in-the-brooder
     
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