My ducklings necks are swollen! Help!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Camryncollins812, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. Camryncollins812

    Camryncollins812 Hatching

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    Some background information first.
    There are six ducklings: 2 are 3-4 weeks, two are almost 2 weeks and the smallest two are almost a week old.
    They are on chick starter/grower and chick grit.
    They have a niacin supplement in their water.
    They have their bedding changed twice a day, depending on how messy they get.
    I’ve had all of them for almost a week.
    They remain under heat lamps and in cages in my living room to protect them from the elements since the weather has been so bipolar as of late.
    They have been wonderful, image.jpg image.jpg 42D77603-0EED-4D91-AC03-84925FEA347C.jpeg 2CC30AB0-0F55-48FF-8D5A-45746C16260F.jpeg 73AB2303-C3A4-4B7E-89AC-2C92F58D8B70.jpeg 23271918-0DDB-409B-B2BA-5E6C71EDBC64.jpeg C029F157-0BB1-4180-A22A-131242BA779B.jpeg 310EBF83-89B9-48C9-B965-8DC9BE03AB09.jpeg 298AE476-9AA0-4FA6-A1F1-A6B272527A5C.jpeg 099CEA21-87AC-4A94-B28B-62BF8DD3DFF2.jpeg 92B5D07B-C653-4BB4-A91E-E120DB734C3A.jpeg until today!
    I don’t know what happened! I feel horrible! I was allowing my three year old to help me feed them from our hands, I read that’s how to make your babies friendly, so I thought we would try it. I laid down a towel and put their waterer in the middle and then put the feed in our hands and allowed them to go back and forth between my hands and my daughters. After they had eaten I noticed ALL of their necks were bulged! It’s a lot more prominent on the older two because they are losing that baby fluff! What’s wrong with them? What can I do to help them?! They’ve had no injuries, stings or thread (that I know of). Help my ducks! Please
     
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  2. MagpieDucks

    MagpieDucks Parfait Party

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    It's there crop. :) Nothing to worry about. That's where all the food goes when it's waiting to be digested. Beautiful Magpie by the way. :love
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Welcome to BYC! That looks like food in their crops to me, which is normal.
     
  4. MagpieDucks

    MagpieDucks Parfait Party

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    Or is it an Ancona? :welcome
     
  5. Camryncollins812

    Camryncollins812 Hatching

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    Thank you! it’s been a decade since I’ve had ducks and I was a kid then, so I don’t really remember much! I would just rather be safe than sorry!!!
     
  6. Camryncollins812

    Camryncollins812 Hatching

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    Magpie! Two are pure bred magpies and two are mixed and two are from tractor supply so I assume they are the solid white ducks ‍♀️
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    [​IMG]
    1. Oesophagus
    2. Crop
    3. Proventriculus
    4. Gizzard
    5. Pancreas
    6. Duodenum
    7. Liver
    8. Gallbladder
    9. Ileum
    10. Caecum
    11. Cloaca
     
  8. MagpieDucks

    MagpieDucks Parfait Party

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    Nice! I have over 20 Magpie eggs hatching right now. :woot
     
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  9. MagpieDucks

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    Thanks for the visuals Kathy!
     
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  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    You know me, I love the pictures!
     
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