Need help with a sick call duck please

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LALADY1101, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. LALADY1101

    LALADY1101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw 2 of my call duck drakes fighting with another call duck drake. They were in the pond so I was not able to get to them. They appeared to be trying to drown the drake. Now the little drake that they were attacking is not doing well at all. I initially put him in the avairy by himself; but when I got home yesterday, he was sleeping in the water and I was afraid that he would drown. Both of his eyes are completely crusted over and shut. I'm not even sure that his eyes are still there. I tried to wipe one of his eyes and water poured out of it. Will ducks peck the eyes out of other ducks or could this be respiratory from them holding him under the water? i brought him inside and have been putting vetx under his wings and in his drinking water. He's pretty lethargic as well. He will drink if I put his beak in the water, but he can't see well enough to get to the water bowl. I'm afraid to wipe his eyes for fear of doing more damage. I could really use some advice! TIA
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Eye injuries are a pretty common side effect of duck fights. I had an injury to one of mine's eye last winter after a squabble. My ducks are not used to being handled, so I just gooped on the Neosporin all over her eye and into the eye itself once I pried it open and discovered it was still there. She wouldn't allow me to do more than that, so I wasn't sure if the Neosporin would do much. It worked a treat! Her eye looked much better 2 days later.

    Your boy is likely subdued because he has been knocked way down on the pecking order. That hurts in a lot of ways, more than just physically. He is probably going to be mopey acting for several days.

    You can use Neosporin in the eyes, or (even better) get some terramycin opthalmic ointment specifically geared to treating eye injuries. Monitor him for signs of respiratory problems- wheezing, shortness of breath- to rule out any aspiration pneumonia. If there are no raspy breathing noises in the next week, then he is probably in the clear on that. The eyes may take some time to heal up, too. Hopefully he still has both of them.

    I hope this helps. Good luck.
     
  3. LALADY1101

    LALADY1101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!! He will eat and drink if I put the food and water right in front of him. he was standing up this morning and seems to be a little perkier. I'll get some of the eye ointment today! Thanks again for responding!
     

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