Muscovy Duck in distress - Wings stressed - Head shaking - Feet clenching ?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Tesseract, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. Tesseract

    Tesseract Hatching

    Apr 20, 2012
    I was wondering if anyone has ever had a Muscovy duck exhibit these symptoms,


    His wings are in an odd position, his muscles are stressing the wings like that.
    His feet clench when he walks, and he is lethargic moving very slowly when he does.
    His head is a little shaky too.

    I have a large flock, and I just noticed this guy looking out of sorts.
    I've put him into isolation, his temperature is low at 39c

    Haven't seen any poop out of him yet, and he's not interested in feed or water.

    Just want to check with you fine folks if these symptoms are indicative of anything ?

    Appreciate your feedback.

  2. KimKimWilliamso

    KimKimWilliamso Chirping

    Mar 11, 2012
    Nanton, AB, Canada
    Could he have ingested a toxin? These are common symptoms for toxins in the system. Something to check out if the rest of your flock is in he same area as he was.
  3. Tesseract

    Tesseract Hatching

    Apr 20, 2012
    Thanks, I don't have any poisons around the yard that they can get into, but I did get that impression that something is affecting his nervous system.
  4. Tesseract

    Tesseract Hatching

    Apr 20, 2012
    Well Folks, he made a white poop, and his temperature kept dropping.
    I found him with his head on the ground neck streched out and his legs pushed back but still alive, I tucked his legs back under, and helped him have a drink of water.

    He drank a lot.

    Then I grabbed his legs in one hand, and his head in the other and dispatched him.
    I'll cut him open and see if it was something out of the ordinary.

    Thanks all.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2012
  5. BunnyStyles

    BunnyStyles Chirping

    Aug 16, 2014
    can i ask why did you do that? like he was still alive, couldnt you wait until he died?

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