My duckling has a nasty cough. :(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sparrow, May 25, 2008.

  1. Sparrow

    Sparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My nearly 5 week old Welsh Harlequin duckling, Sage, has a pretty nasty sounding cough today. [​IMG] I was in there feeding/petting them and she coughed numerous times and it sounds congested. She must be coughing something up that I can't see(no obvious mucous at mouth or nose) because she kind of moves her bill around after she coughs like she's feeling something. She has always lived with 3 other ducklings in my duck brooder, they all came from the same feed store, and she still lives inside my house full-time. She has never been exposed to anything unusual besides my chickens and my geese on occasion. I fed the ducklings a couple crickets(store-bought) and mealworms a few days ago for the first time.

    Other than the coughing, she acts pretty normal. She is inquisitive about what I'm doing in there, wants to be petted, saw her eating and drinking this morning. Does it sound like she has gotten sick? I hope she didn't aspirate something while she was eating and I wasn't around. [​IMG] If she is sick, what do you think the illness would be? What medicine should I treat her with, and what dose? I have a pack of Terramycin that I have never used.
     
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

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    She might have something clogging her throat, like dry feed. That is how they clear it. By coughing and shaking the head. Do you see or feel a lump in her neck on her right side? If so just massage it gently to break it up and make sure there is always water near the feed.
     
  3. Sparrow

    Sparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wonder if she did actually have something stuck in her throat. I've been in there with her numerous times today and I have not noticed her coughing at all. I hope that's all it was. Thanks for the information!
     

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