need advice on treating ducks that were attacked

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by cymbaline, Mar 16, 2019 at 5:11 PM.

  1. cymbaline

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    My (literal) nightmares finally happened last night - I woke up this morning to a bloodbath in the duck pen.:hit Only two escaped unharmed; three were injured, two were killed inside, one I found in the creek, and my baby Billie is just missing. God, I hope she just flew off somewhere but deep down I know that's extremely unlikely.
    I packed up Tony, Blanche, and Rose and called my vet's office, who informed me that not only were they only open for routine stuff, but the vet I always see that has experience with ducks is out of town. So I took them to the local vet. He checked their mouths, wings, and eyes (apparently if they're still pink around the eyes they haven't lost too much blood), but didn't clean them off or check the wounds really at all. When I asked, he said it looked like they weren't bleeding any more since their feathers were all matted and that their flesh is tender and he didn't want to tug and risk making it worse. I asked if I could put them in a bath and let them clean as much as they want and he said yes, but that I shouldn't try to do it myself. I put them in the tub when we got home and Rose and Tony kind of tried to swim but you could tell it hurt and they never did get their heads and necks under water. I tried to gently pour water on them but they didn't care for it and I didn't want to stress them out any more.
    Now granted I don't read a lot of the injured duck threads on here because it breaks my heart so much, but the ones I have read seem to contradict his advice - I should clean them up and spray veterycin on them. He did give me oxytetracycline for them.
    Honestly, not knowing how much, if any, experience he has with ducks, I trust the experts on here more - what do you think?
    P. S. If anybody needs to see pics, I'll post them, but otherwise I'm not subjecting people to that... I hate seeing ducks hurt. :(
     
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  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    So sorry! It would be great if you could post pictures. While at the vet, did they weigh them?
     
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  3. Chelsa'sChicks

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    Yes pictures will help
     
  4. LuvBantums

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    I just wanted to give you my prayers and thoughts for your babies and hope they pull through. Are you needed to know how much of the meds you need to give them?
     
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  5. cymbaline

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    Thank you, but I figured out the meds from some other threads on here. If anyone wants to double check me, I used a rather full teaspoon to 3 cups of water (didn't want to waste any since you're supposed to throw it out after 24 hours or less).
    They drank the bath water a few times, but don't seem too interested in the medicated water, despite the peas I put in it. :/
    The vet seemed very optimistic about their recovery.
     
  6. cymbaline

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    These pics are maybe a little deceptive - most of the time they just kind of sit there. They all nibbled on the peas a couple of times and then quit, and Rose seemed to want to eat the lettuce I offered but it hurt to shake her head like they do when they eat. I don't think they've eaten any of their crumbles (to which I added some brewer's yeast).
    But the girls did leave the carrier this morning while I was trying to find everyone else and start walking around the yard like it was just another day, and Tony kicked and screamed every time I picked him up, as usual.
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  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia ~Delight yourself in the Lord~

    So sad for you and your babies and very sorry for your losses. @casportpony is great at giving info on wound care. Sure hope they recover and Billie comes home. :hugs
     
  8. cymbaline

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    I miss them so much already!
    I looked aaallllllll over for Billie this afternoon. I saw another thread on here that a certain predator takes one back to the den and comes back later for the others they kill...don't know if Roxy was the one they took off with and Billie really did get away and is scared to come back (or worse, too injured to do so), or if they took Billie. Surely she would've come back today if she were alive, right? :(
     
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  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia ~Delight yourself in the Lord~

    I really don't know I am sure if she did get away she was terrified. Do you have any idea what the predator was how it got inside.
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    I am very sad for you. :hugs My best advice is to follow your vets instructions and if any start looking more depressed get them back to the vet ASAP. In the meantime, keep them in a warm, clean place.
     

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