My duck isn’t eating and poops bright green

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Code 30 Ranch, Sep 27, 2018.

  1. Code 30 Ranch

    Code 30 Ranch Chirping

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    AB4A4ABD-8ED5-4FD4-B8AB-9660F055B476.jpeg Hello,
    This is my first time posting on here. My 3 year old Indian Runner duck, Maybelle, has not been eating the past few days and her poop is a light, mint green liquid. I have a very small flock (2 runner ducks & 2 geese) and they free range during the day. Green peas are her favorite treat and I’ve only been able to get her to eat a few peas this entire week. She won’t touch her mealworms or layer feed. I’ve only been successful feeding her earthworms I found in the yard (she’s only eaten 4-5 earthworms over past couple days). I’m concerned that she’s starving herself. She has little energy since she stopped eating. I initially thought since she was going through a heavy molt that she was simply lethargic from the whole molting process. Her abdomen isn’t swollen and Maybelle is my best egg layer, up until a couple weeks ago when she stopped laying. She usually stops laying when she’s molting. Her pin feathers are growing in and I honestly don’t know what triggered this. Her liquid minty green poop has me very concerned. She has no labored breathing, wheezing, or lumps. She walks short distances and I brought her inside the house last night. I made her an electrolyte mixture and she is drinking small amounts. I keep checking on her during the night and coax her to drink and eat her favorite peas, but she will not eat. I let her relax in my bathhtub last night in hopes she would perk up and try to eat (she loves searching for food while swimming in tub) but I couldn’t get much of a reaction out of her. I don’t think it’s worms, because my other runner duck (her sister) is healthy and active as usual. It seems as though what little she eats isn’t being digested properly. I’m going to make a vet appointment tomorrow. We have an avian vet in town, but unfortunatly the vet is more of a parrot doctor than duck/chicken. I haven’t had much success with this vet when I had a chicken emergency earlier this year. I don’t really have much choice at this point. I photographed her poop from tonight. Has anyone ever dealt with poop like this before in their flock???
     
  2. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Mixed flock enthusiast Songster

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    So sorry that your duck is going through this! No advice to offer, but wanted to follow the thread and see if your vet comes up with an answer for you. Best of luck!
     
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  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    @casportpony is the poop specialist here on BYC I hope the vet can give you some answers. Could she have possibly eaten something toxic plant material, something dead?Poisonous plant? animal ?
     
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  4. Code 30 Ranch

    Code 30 Ranch Chirping

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    I don’t believe so. My girls forage during the day in a mobile chicken tractor that I move around daily so they have fresh ground. I’m always cautious where I put it. I don’t even use fertilizer or pesticides on my property anymore. It’s just odd how it’s started up when she began molting a few days ago. I have a vet appointment in 2 hrs so I’m keeping my fingers crossed they can help her. However I find that most vets I’ve dealt with see ducks/chickens as simply “poultry farm animals” and have limited options for treating them. Maybelle was hand raised by me and is my little girl. She’s always been the strongest too. The last vet I went to for my chicken that was ill resulted in a mild bubblegum flavored antibiotic being given to the bird and some holistic anti-viral drops. My chicken ended up having an intestinal blockage and she died. My vet said they are not legally allowed to administer many medications & stronger antibiotics because they haven’t been deemed “safe” in the US for poultry use. Now I buy most poultry first aid stuff at TSC because it’s more effective than what the vet is legally allowed to administer (I’m sure you guys do that same). I just don’t know how to treat her and I don’t want to overload her on random meds. I’ll keep you guys posted on what the vet says. I’m going to a different avian vet in town, they are not holistic, but they have more modern medical equipment.
     

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  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

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  6. Code 30 Ranch

    Code 30 Ranch Chirping

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    Just got home from the vet. Vet took X-rays, which revealed her lungs are compressed and appear consistent with bird pneumonia. Vet is concerned that the pneumonia may be a result of something much worse, such as cancer, but he can’t be certain. He gave her a shot of IV fluids, Baytril, and a high calorie liquid diet that I can give her (feed with a tube). He fed her 50cc of the food before I took her home so she has a full belly. I also brought in a stool sample for vet- thankfully she has no parasites or cocci. Vet said her prognosis isn’t good because it’s hard to bring birds back after they go downhill so quickly. She’s resting now inside the house. I’m going to bring her sister in later tonight to sleep with her- she’s been wondering where Maybelle went and is worried sick. Prayers please!!
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Thankfully it sounds like The vet was through. But I am hoping he is wrong on the prognosis. You got her what she needs let’s just hope and pray it’s enough plus your TLC. And getting to be with her sis will help them both.. please keep us updated ducks are really amazing at what they can recover from :hugs
     
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  8. Code 30 Ranch

    Code 30 Ranch Chirping

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    Thanks for all the support and prayers:hugsIll keep you posted
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    So glad you were able to get her in to see the vet. Going forward, what is your treatment plan? Did they send you home with antibiotics? Did they show you how to tube feed?
     
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  10. Code 30 Ranch

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    They sent me home with antibiotics, a powder food mixture that I tube feed her 2-3 times a day (you mix powder with water) and they gave her an injection of fluids before I took her home. Game plan is to feed her and medicate her over next several days in hopes that she will gain her strength back. Since she hasn’t been eating past couple days, she’s become very weak. I’m hoping this burst of liquid food will give her some energy. They showed me how to tube feed/medicate. I feel pretty comfortable doing it...I just need my husband to be home to lend me a hand. It’s kind of a 2-person job. Vet said we need to see if she will respond to the treatment. I’m keeping my fingers crossed
     
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