Muscovy owners!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by quacksandclucks, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. quacksandclucks

    quacksandclucks Out Of The Brooder

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    4 week old muscovy, we have (had) 3 of them. A brown, blue, and black. We put them in our new duck tractor with a kiddie pool, food, and a small house, long story short, we went to check on them, and the two were walking around peeping normally and the brown one was laying flat between the wall of tractor and the pool, dead. She was wet from the neck up and she had orange wet stuff all in her bill and it was seeming to come out of her bill. I thought it was blood but upon seeing the orange stuff, idk??? Husband thought her neck looked broken. But we just dont know. It is predator proof so nothing got in. Just wet neck and orange stuff??? No bite marks, we are shocked and worried for the other two.
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I don't have Muscovies. But what kind of wire is on the tractor? Raccoons can reach through chicken wire and will pull a duck or duckling through the wire piece by piece.

    @Miss Lydia

    any ideas here?

    Also, with non-Muscovies, 4 weeks is too young to leave them with swimming water unattended. They can drown.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Did they have a safe way in and out of the pool? Could the duckling have fallen off the side of the pool and broken it's neck? I have no idea what the orange stuff could be unless there was something toxic it could have gotten into .
    So very sorry for your loss.

    At 4 weeks they should just about be feathered in. But they can still get stuck in water for too long if they have trouble getting out of the pool. and can get hypothermia.
     
  4. quacksandclucks

    quacksandclucks Out Of The Brooder

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    We use 1/2" hardware cloth on all poultry enclosures since we have a wide variety of predators. They are great climbers/jumpers, when we had them in the house in a brooder they would jump out of their container that was at least a foot over their heads. We had to keep a mesh lid on top just to keep them from running around the basement so they could easily get in and out of the pool without any problems. The pool is very small and pretty shallow. There wasnt anything toxic nearby either. Drowning seems very unlikely since the duck was out of the pool when we saw her and the only thing wet was her head.
     
  5. quacksandclucks

    quacksandclucks Out Of The Brooder

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    Could this have been a snake attack? Maybe it found a way under the tractor edge and strangled the duck and tried to eat it but was unable to and regurgitated? Sounds bizarre but its the only logical reason i can fathom. That would at least explain the head only being wet?
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    It's a possibility. @quacksandclucks
     

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