Mystery Illness- Bright Green Poop...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bsides2007, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. bsides2007

    bsides2007 Songster

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    Hey all

    Sadly I have another sick duck. I fear this is something insidious that is going to slowly creep through my flock....

    I have seen some dark dark dark greenish blackish poop here and there in my flock, and the occasional pea greenish tan, but nothing consistent. Everyone else is acting normal except for my khaki, who was broody, and still acts that way (quacking loudly, ruffling up her feathers, pooping a lot) but she doesn't seem to be ill...

    About a week ago now, all of my ducks seemed fine and then suddenly one morning my buff girl Tina couldn't walk. She has been favored by our drake and so I thought at first he injured her. I did actually find a broken toe, and it was swollen so I started her on Tylan 50. She seemed to be getting better throughout the Tylan treatment. She actually started standing, and seemed peppier, but her appetite was getting worse.

    I did 5 days of Tylan injectable for her. The second day of her treatment she started pooping bright kelly green. It's almost blue-ish even. She seems very sleepy and almost confused at times, like maybe her aim is off or like she is kind of delirious. She won't eat still (this is 2 days out of treatment). She will dunk her head and drinks her water and she will even splash in a bath, but no food will interest her except meal worms (and hardly). She is still wobbly and falls over but stands a lot. She actually got better during the treatment for a bit, and then back downhill...Her head is not tucked in close, and her feathers are not ruffled but she is very skinny.

    I have tried blending her food and feeding it and have gotten her to eat a bit. I have been giving electrolytes, vitamins, and probiotics in her water and have been giving her epsom salt baths. When she eats a bit, her poop isn't too watery and it looks digested, just very green.

    I noticed she was getting skinny, it seemed, but she was acting completely normal. I thought maybe it was because she was being chased off her food by our drake (which is true) or that maybe she had worms so I used worming pellets for the whole flock a few times. The wormer obviously didn't help.

    I'm stumped and watching her suffer is so heartbreaking. I am trying everything. Would it be worth it to try a different antibiotic? Baytril? Or does this sound viral? Does anyone else have any other suggestions? I am at a loss and would like to be prepared if another one gets sick....My poor Tina girl. She is so tired and still fighting...
     
  2. CayugaJana

    CayugaJana Free Ranging

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    @casportpony ???

    You have any pictures of her poop? Casportpony will want to see some.
     
  3. bsides2007

    bsides2007 Songster

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    I don't, but I can try to get one tomorrow. It's normal consistency, only it is very obviously green, like green food coloring and also sometimes tinged with blue-ish
     
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  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    If she were mine I would tube lots of fluids, then food, and I would start her on Baytril.

    Tylan can cause injection site necrosis, so check her injection sites for signs of this. Pluck feathers if you have to.
     
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  5. bsides2007

    bsides2007 Songster

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    @casportpony Thank you for the insight. Do you have any recommendations on Baytril dosage? She is 4 lbs. And can I get baytril for cats and dogs and give appropriate dose?

    I have tried tube feeding but can't seem to find a tube that is gentle enough so for now I am syringe feeding carefully and she is swallowing some. She is drinking water by herself. After her syringe feed yesterday I noticed some of her poop today is light tan, and the rest is green, so maybe it's helping...I hope!
     
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    Does anyone have any ideas of Baytril dose and any ideas on enticing a sick duck to eat? I cannot get my hands on a tube and only have a syringe... I'm having a tough time with it and don't want to hurt my poor girl
     
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  7. CayugaJana

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    @casportpony ?? Where do you get a small tube at?

    I’ll see if I can find you a baytril dosage if casportpony doesn’t respond before me.
     
  8. CayugaJana

    CayugaJana Free Ranging

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    Can you give the duck 20mg of baytril?

    There are about 2.2lbs in a kg and the dosage is 10-15mg/kg.

    So ~5mg X 4lbs=20mgs
     
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  9. CayugaJana

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    Can you smush some peanut butter and the meds in the syringe, then smear it on the roof of her mouth little by little? Then she won’t have a choice but to swallow it.
     
  10. honanbm

    honanbm Crossing the Road

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    I'm not sure if ducks are the same as chickens with the whole bright green poop thing, but with chickens, that bright green poop shows up when they are pooping bile. Means they are wasting from not ingesting any food. Lost a speckled sussex pullet to wasting this year and the poop was just like that - bright green. If she is broody, maybe she is not eating enough? Those crazy broody birds will practically starve to death on the nest.
    Again, I am not sure if ducks are the same as chickens in this regard but worth a mention.
     
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