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My ducks were attacked by raccoons and I have a serious maggot problem

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chochie91, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. chochie91

    chochie91 Hatching

    Sep 30, 2016
    Okay so here goes I had 2 white pekin ducks who have been together their entire lives they are 7 years old. The male is Joseph and his wife was Mary[​IMG]( yes it's from the bible[​IMG]). A raccoon got in my coop by gnawing and digging a hole in one of the boards. It killed Mary[​IMG] We are devastated and Joseph is heartbroken. He cries all the time I didn't know a duck could cry it's the saddest thing I've ever seen. He's badly injured and now he's has maggots in his wounds. I have him in a double kennel with fresh straw and water. I bath him twice a day and clean all the maggots out that I can see. I bath him for about a half hour he seems to love it. I am giving him Tylane powder antibiotics In his water and tramadol for pain I read online he can have half a 50mg twice a day. I will be going to tractor supply in the morning to pick up some antibiotics to inject. He isn't eating and barley drinking. Taking him to the vet isn't an option the nearest one to see ducks is 200miles away at least. I love him so much they ve been with me their entire life's. But I don't want to be selfish and keep him alive while he suffers but I want to do everything in my power to save him. I read where maggots are used medically but my question is how many are too much how can I tell how damaging his wounds are or if he will recover? He does walk a little but he is very weak. His left wing is badly injured and seems to be the main gathering place for the maggots he had a terrible wound on the left side of his head a several puncture wound on his neck and a wound under his other wing and right above his tail. I'm assuming he was trying to save his Mary. I honestly cannot believe he survived the attack. He's shaking all over I put a heat lamp in with him it it seems to make the maggots worse. I don't know what to do. I turned the heat lamp off hoping he will rest. He also has a white milky substance coming from one eye although it doesn't seem to be injured. I am open to any and all suggestions. I just don't know what to do I sincerely want to do what's best for him. Thanks or listening

  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    If he is still out where flies can get at him, they will keep laying eggs.

    People do successfully get rid of maggots - I have read some use hydrogen peroxide followed with neosporin. Squeeze bottles where you can shoot a stream of liquid helps knock them off. Be diligent - it's a painstaking task, but important.

    Ducks can recover from awful injuries. An unbreakable mirror may help him feel less lonely. But he is going through a traumatic time - as you are, too.

    Mild saline solution rinse for the eye a few times a day should help.

    The baths are great - keep doing that.

    You may need to syringe or tube feed him. casportpony made a thread called Go Team Tube Feeding, and Majestic Waterfowl has a video on FB on syringe feeding.
  3. donkeydew2farms

    donkeydew2farms Songster

    Apr 12, 2014
    hi chochle91 I used fly spray for horses on one of my ducks she had been attacked my gander she had a hole filled with maggots I flushed the wound with a hose just let it run on the wound then drippled the fly spray in the hole. I kept her in the house. I used nustock an plugged the hole with I did not have any thing else at the time. it worked. the spray has to have pyranhn in it. wish you luck.

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