My duck was attacked, would like some advice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by smjo, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. smjo

    smjo New Egg

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    My duck was attacked by a dog. Only the feathers were pulled out, there is no wholes or bite marks from what i can see. She is mostly bare of feathers is bloody from the feathers being ripped out. She is out of shock and seems to be ok considering the circumstances. Should i bandage her, use some medicine. I have scarlet oil, dont know if i should use that or not. Would apppreciate any helpful advice on how to take care of her.
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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. I would recommend just to clean off the bloody area with weak betadine, hibiclens, or soap and water. Hydrogen peroxide can also be used judt the first time. Apply Neospropin or other antibiotic ointment, and leave open. You need to islolate in a cage while there is blodd and feathers missing. BluKote is a good product that will shield the wounds and disinfect them when you decide to reintegrate him.
     
  3. farmtotable

    farmtotable Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since ducks are such flock animals (even more so than chickens), I would recommend putting one of the injured duck's buddies in the cage with her. Since she's injured (versus sick), having a flock mate with her will help keep her more calm. A few years back I had a duck injured in a mink attack (puncture wounds, feathers ripped out, etc). After I cleaned her up with soap and water and applied Neosporin to her wounds, I put her and a buddy into our brooding box in the garage. The brooding box has a heat lamp, clean shavings, food and water in it, and is about 3 foot by 3 foot with a wire cover on it. Normally we use it to raise chicks every year, but it makes an excellent hospital as well. I initially had her in it by herself, but she cried (quacked) non stop and seemed really agitated. When I put a buddy in there with her, she calmed right down and the two of them cuddled up and went to sleep. They stayed in there until her wounds were scabbed over, about two weeks. I also cleaned the shavings daily (since ducks poo a tremendous amount, and obviously you want the wounds to stay clean!)

    Also, make sure that whatever enclosure you have her in is fly proof. More of an issue in the summer, but nothing draws fliers quicker than wounds, and that's just gross. When my duck was hurt, I put a scrap of window screen over the hardware cloth cover on the "hospital" box, and that worked great.
     
  4. SunsetMeadow

    SunsetMeadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My poodle attacked done of my past ducks too. I used hydrogen peróxido, she got well quickly
     

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