Muscovy Duck help, please - *UPDATED w/ PIC*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by luvmychix, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. luvmychix

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    Something is wrong with my Muscovy hen. She was fine about 2 hours ago and I just went back out to check on everyone and she cant walk! She can stand up but that’s it. When she tries to walk her body falls forward and her legs go out from behind her and then she will move her feet up under her and start the same thing over and over. I did call my vet but she says she don’t deal with poultry and that she don’t know of any vets around that do! She said the best she could do would be to tell me to bring her inside (I did) and keep food and water close by her and to get on the internet and look up the symptoms and if I can find out what is wrong with her to let her know and she will see what she can do from there. My ducks (I have 5 grown in the pen) are in a 30x40 foot area. I checked the bottoms of her feet and her legs and cant seem to find anything wrong. Any ideas would be great. Sooner the better because my vets office closes in about an hour and i hope to be able to call her back and get my duck some help before she closes for the day.…. Thanks so much!
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    ***UPDATE***
    I have an appointment at my vets office first thing when they open in the morning! I have been searching online, talking to people and everything! But, the good news it that I found out what happened! I couldn’t sleep last night for thinking about what could have happened. So, I was laying there in the dark, in bed, trying to think of anything and everything that happened that was different, strange or out of place. And it just hit me in the face! All at once, I knew! And I should have thought of it sooner and don’t know why I didn’t! The only thing I could think of that had happened was when the kids had asked if they could go out to check on them and collect eggs. I said they could and they came running in a few minutes later with a mouse in their hands saying “We saved it! Your duck had it in her mouth and we saved it! It don’t even have a scratch on it! We got to it in time, mom!” I was kind of irritated at the moment because they would want to take it from my duck and “save” a mouse! I told them to give it back! LOL (I hate mice!) But anyway, while I was thinking about that another thing popped in my head….. My Muscovies are NOT what I would call “tame” they won’t some within 5 foot of you! I got them as adults and they had not really been fooled with so that means…. Yes, they tackled my duck down to get that darn mouse!!!! OK, now I am really mad! It was now about 2am in the morning and I marched in and got BOTH out of bed! I said “LOOK, someone KNOWS what happed to my duck and one of you is going to start talking, NOW!” Well they both looked at each other and back at me and then back at each other….. every time one would start to say something, the other would say something to alter what the other one was about to say! SO, I told my DH to take one and I would take the other to talk to them each without the other child in the room….. So we could compare their “stories” and find out the truth! So we did….. And I was right! They had tackled my duck to catch her to take the mouse out of her mouth! And they both admitted that she started acting “funny” right after they took it from her! So that was it. I call my vet this morning and told her what had happened and she said “that could VERY well do it!” So we talked a while about it and she (my vet) wants me to bring her in at 8am in the morning when they open and get her an anti-inflammatory shot (a steroid shot) and another shot for the pain. She said that the anti-inflammatory shot would be a one time shot but she could have more shots for the pain as needed. It is going to cost $35 in the morning and $25 every shot after!

    Now I have another problem…. Before I brought her in the house she had some eggs under her she was setting on. When I knew I had to bring her in, I decided I would bring her eggs in as well. I didn’t have hope of her taking them, being in the house and all but I brought them in anyway. And SHE TOOK THEM BACK! I put her under a desk in my living room in a box that is about 8 inches tall, 18 inches wide and 2 and a half foot long and draped a cloth over the opening to make her feel like she has more privacy. I also put her food and water under there to and she has been eating and drinking well. Just don’t look under the cloth at her, she huffs up and hisses at you! Now for the problem… when I take her to the vet, and I have to take her, do I take nest and all? Do I leave the nest here? What do I do???? This is my very first time having ANY of my birds “sit”! what would be best???? She has 5 eggs of her own and 10 others she has so lovingly taken to hatch as her own and she has been though SO much now….. What should I do?

    Also, I am so mad at these kids that I cant think straight! I told them that DH & I were going to talk over what the punishment should be! And that they would be in trouble as long as my duck was hurt/sore!

    Thanks, everyone!

    Here is a pic of Matilda...

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    Last edited: Jan 15, 2009
  2. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    Has she eaten something poison?
     
  3. luvmychix

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    not that i know of......
     
  4. luvmychix

    luvmychix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, i'll have to wait til tomarrow to call the vet now... but any help would still be great!
     
  5. luvmychix

    luvmychix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    anything????
     
  6. MakNat

    MakNat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it cold there?? My ducks do the same kind of thing when it is cold. Ky, it is 3 degrees today. Then they get fine, I figure they're feet get cold and stiff. They'll do it too when they jump down from their roost.?? Hope you figure it out, good luck!!
     
  7. luvmychix

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    I posted an update on the first post!
     
  8. luvmychix

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    Now with a picture of her!
     

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