Hi everyone. We picked up 3 new ducks this weekend. We drove about an hour and a half one way to get to them (wanted a special breed) and when we got there well, the place was just awful. It was a mud pit with tons of animals. It was just nasty. But...my heart wouldn't let me leave them there. I wanted to take them all, but we aren't set up for too many ducks. So we just took the girls we were there for. (We are short on girls and our guys are turning to the Geese and Chickens for relief. *sigh*) When we get home, we realize we have 2 girls and a young male. DOH! Anyway, we have them quarantined. (Really wasn't set up to do that either, but thought we were getting them from a good home. As a result our boys and geese will be sleeping in their day pen with no overhead cover. NOT happy about that. We normally coop them at night like we do the chickens. But we are keeping the new ones in the goose/duck coop till we are sure they are *clean*.) QUESTION TIME! What would you treat them for? No duck vets around here to take them to for a check-up. Given the living conditions, I'm pretty sure we'll treat them for worms. They are underweight. They are filthy compared to our ducks. (I THOUGHT ours were dirty till I saw them about 10 ft apart from ours. Ours look shining white next to these) One poor girl is missing a chunk off the end of her bill. But it appears to be an old injury that has healed and she is eating and drinking fine. I intend to worm them. What do i use? Want to treat for mites. Have DE. Anything else I should be using? What else would you treat for? One of the ducks was 'breathing loudly'. I did read that can be a stress reaction. Considering they just rode an hour and a half in a car with humans...which they aren't used to being around...I'm sure they are stressed! But I want to be sure it isn't something else. (I'll sneak up on the backside of the coop tomorrow and see if they are still breathing loud) I was just heartbroken about the animals who lived on this "farm" (for lack of a better word). Everywhere you looked was mud. They had at least 6 breeds of duck. 2 breeds of geese. Many of theducks and geese, of varying ages and breeds, wandering around with their wings sticking out sideways. (angelwing?) Also had goats,turkeys, chickens, chihuahuas, full size horses, ponies, miniature horses, pigs, and god only knows what I DIDN'T see. It was just mud mud and more mud. The horses looked severely underweight also. (First time I've seena SKINNY miniature pony!) When I'm finished with this post, I'm going to look up the county they are in and see if there is a Humane society. No animals should have to live that way. We put the ducks in my bathtub when we got home. (Didn't want them in our ducks' pool) It took them 10-15 minutes in the water to figure out how to swim and bathe. I seriously think this might be their first time in water! How would you guys treat these ducks while they are in quarantine? What would you give them?