My duck swallowed a can tab.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by oldload, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. oldload

    oldload Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 16, 2014
    Grand Bay, Alabama
    One of my ducks swallowed a can tab. Does anyone have any advice?
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I would get a vet's help as soon as possible.

    In the meantime, I would add a teaspoon of food grade activated charcoal powder to each pint of drinking water as an optimistic pre-emptive measure in case of metal toxicity.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2015
  3. oldload

    oldload Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 16, 2014
    Grand Bay, Alabama
    Thanks for your reply. The problem is the tab fell out of a pocket and the ducks pounced on it. I don't know which one swallowed it. Last time I got a duck x-ray it ran about $150.00. Do you think it will just pass?
  4. DemonicFowl

    DemonicFowl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2014
    South Eastern Mass

    Got at metal detector? It might, ducks can produce some monster poops. Have fun finding it :). Keep an eye open for blood in the droppings. If you see some I think a vet Visit would be needed.
  5. Amykins

    Amykins Overrun With Chickens

    May 11, 2013
    A vet visit is needed RIGHT NOW. Not only will the tab likely get caught i your duck's GI tract, but aluminum is often alloyed with zinc, and both metals can be deadly! You need to have it extracted right away, once the symptoms of metal poisoning start to manifest, the damage is already done. She needs a detoxing agent before any of that metal hits her bloodstream.

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