MY DUCK CAN'T STAND or WALK, HER LEGS SEEM TO CRUMPLE

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  1. Dotty Duck

    Dotty Duck Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone

    Sorry if this topic has already been covered, I have tried searching but can't find anything.

    I have 5 ducks all nearly 2 years old. Three days ago one of them started to struggle walking and I thought she might have been eggbound (having experienced that with one of the others last year), so I had a quick look and she did have an egg and with a little encouragement she did lay it, soft shelled and unbroken. In hindsight, I don't think she was ready to lay it as it was 5pm and they normally lay in the morning.

    She was still unable to walk but did drag herself around, trying to stand but then her legs just seemed to crumple and she would fall forward, before sitting right back on them. She is still eating, drinking and cleaning herself. Her feathers have gone very 'wispy' but they did this last year and in spring she grew new feathers and was ok again.

    The corner of my garden flooded this year and all the ducks spent a lot of time digging & billing in the mucky water but this particular one was there all day everyday and seemed to be eating the soil - I guess it was full of little bugs. At this point in time, the weather was good and as the water dropped it turned very smelly/stagnant so I fenced the area off.

    On Tuesday morning, she was shivering when I opened the duck house door, so last night I brought her inside my house. This morning she seemed bright, not shivering and she was drinking happily but still could not stand.

    The ducks are fed corn and have free-range of the garden (about 3/4 acre) where they have a good diet of worms, woodlice, flys and other garden bugs together with the grass. I also give them lettuce, chard & spinach from time to time. There is a bowl of oyster shell next to their feeder. They have an inground pond which I clean weekly in winter and refill with well water (which has been passed as potable). They have a bed of straw and in winter I put a layer of newspaper underneath to help absorb the liquid.

    The other 4 ducks are all still very healthy and feeding, swimming, sleeping, cleaning as normal.

    I live fairly close to a river and at this time of year some of the wild mallards spend a lot of time in my garden using the pond and eating the corn. The island they usually live on is a lot smaller as the river is high so I guess they like the extra space.

    Does anybody have any idea what might be wrong with Rosie, and what I can do? I live in rural SW France where the vets think ducks are for eating so a visit to one is not a good idea.

    Thank you for taking time to read my post.

    Karen
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Some ducks are more sensitive to a lack of nutrients, so that may be contributing.

    She may have a systemic infection, also, or a large parasite load.

    You may be able to purchase a poultry vitamins and electrolyte mix, since even those who raise poultry and waterfowl for meat may create a demand for something like that at a feed store.

    If you cannot get poultry vitamins, there is a product called poly-vi-sol which may be sold where you are. It is a multivitamin. You would need to calculate the proper concentration of vitamins (since ducks are so tiny), or you may be able to search the archives here for dosages.

    If she has an infection, antibiotics may be needed. I have used Tylan (tylosin phosphate), which is dissolved in their drinking water. Eggs are not to be eaten during treatment or for ten days after, to be on the safe side.

    For parasites, some use a natural method, combining diatomaceous earth (food grade) and garlic, but be careful as garlic - according to some sources - can be toxic to ducks. I feel that it may be dependent upon how much is ingested, but that is just my feeling, you need to sort this out. There are also de-wormers such as Ivermectin (stromectol), and again you may need to calculate a dosage that would be appropriate for a little duck.

    Keep her warm, well-fed (better than well-fed, she needs high quality food right now), with loads of fresh water as you sort out the problem.

    If she has peritonitis, it could be fatal, but please don't give up on her when there are so many options to try to help her.
     
  3. Dotty Duck

    Dotty Duck Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow, thank you for that quick and really useful reply.

    I am off to the animal supply shop to see what I can find.

    Will let you know how I get on.
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    In my haste to provide information I failed to welcome you to the Duck Forum.

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    Thanks for joining us.

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  5. Dotty Duck

    Dotty Duck Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the welcome and your advice which was so very welcome.

    I was able to find poulty vitamins and the fantastic news this morning is that she is back on her feet - I think it must have been the parasites. She is a little weak but is still eating and drinking well. I will keep her separate from the others today so I can monitor her and will bring her in again tonight.

    Once again, thank you.
     
  6. Danishennies

    Danishennies Out Of The Brooder

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    Maybe someone can help me here. One od my male swedish ducks decided to mate with my indian runner apparently over night. Well upon doing so he hurt her pretty bad. We came outside the next morning to find her eyes scabbed over. I moved my hand over her eyes which she did respond by moving her head. I put her in the bathtub which she drank , seam, played. Today her eyes are hard scabbed she was not to playful in the bathtub this morning. So I cleaned her kennel and let her back in it. She will not eat, cat food is her favorite and she will not eat it. I am puting antibiotic in her water but she is not drinking the water in her kennel (she cant see it) so my question is I am going to have to get her to eat. Has anyone tried syring feeding? Would you recommend it? Plus what would you put in the syringe? I do have a shallow tote I thought about putting food in it setting her in there and seeing if maybe like the bathtub if she is in it and can feel it maybe she will eat it. Any answers would be helpful please?
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I'm so sorry to hear this your poor girl, those drakes can be too rough. Before you decide to tube feed please read this..https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/805728/go-team-tube-feeding
    I have never tried this or syringing just have to be so careful it doesn't go into their lungs. Have you tried dipping her bill gently into her water sometimes that gets them started. and please start your own thread about this sometimes these get lost or over looked and I'd hate for that to happen. keep her warm but not overly and wash her eyes out very gently with a saline solution using a very soft wash cloth, you can make your own using salt and warm water, or if you have a TSC close by their is a product they carry called Veterycin spray which is very safe to use in the eyes and on their face. Warm baths with supervision will be nice too just don't let her get chilled. please keep us updated.
     
  8. Amiga

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    If you have a clean spray bottle with a mist setting that might help quite a bit at this point.

    I would get some vitamins, perhaps some Poultry Nutri-Drench into her water for nourishment, and get her eyes treated as Miss Lydia suggests.

    And of course keep her from the drake.

    If you can get her to a vet, do so a.s.a.p.
     
  9. Danishennies

    Danishennies Out Of The Brooder

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    Update Her eyes are foaming and there is pus I have been letting her sit in sits baths she plays cleans her feathers. I threw some mealworms in her bath she nibbled on rhose. I have been using sterile saline solution. Rubbing her eyes gently with a clothe. the did not have Veterctin so I got a gel wound care it was te only thing I found. I have been putting it around her eyes. (Not in) I am taking a turkey baster with warm water and squirting it in her eyes to drain.

    I am not sure how well I am doing. Her eyes are so hot to the touch. I called all the vets and non of them deal with birds. I did find a vitamin dropper for some kind of nutrients.
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Your doing the best you can. just keep rinsing her eyes and keeping her from chilling, and encouraging her to eat you could also make a mash [soupy] out of her feed just small amts to see if she'll eat it use warm water. are her eyes open? Thanks for update. I also understand you can use triple antibiotic around the eyes not sure about wound care does it say it's safe to use around the eyes?
     

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