Obese Ducks with Impacted/Sour Crop?? Help me.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Finntheduck, Apr 5, 2017.

  1. Finntheduck

    Finntheduck Just Hatched

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    Hi there.

    I made a similar post before, and through that post I found out that my ducks have an impacted crop..

    I have two pekin ducks, both are 7 months old and female. Recently I have noticed their crop getting very large, and their behavior becoming sluggish to the point that they are having trouble walking. All this has been in the course of 3 days. I new to ducks, so I made a BIG mistake with their diet. In the begining I was only feeding them cracked corn, then I switched over to fresh veges (which I thought was healthier), and they never had any grit in their diet. Now they have what I believe to be impacted crops. They are doing headbobs to try and get the crop contents down. They seem to be in a lot of pain, and I feel so awful.

    Their crops are very large, and if I massage it I can get them to poo out a little bit, or drool out some, but no matter how long I do that the crop size does not reduce. It is also painful for them when I touch the crop.

    I am at a loss for what to do for them. These are my pets, and I love them very much. I am getting them on a better diet once this is all over since I have learned.

    How do I deal with impacted crops? Will I need a vet? Is this even an impacted crop? I am so lost. Please help me, I am very upset. Thank you all.
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  2. Debs Flock

    Debs Flock Birds on the brain Premium Member

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    A vet is always the best choice. I understand that isn't always an option.

    Here are some links to threads that discuss impacted crop.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1117053/impacted-crop-in-duck
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/952208/help-my-duck-may-have-impacted-crop


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  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I would get them to a vet as soon as possible. In the meantime I would consider putting a tiny bit of olive oil into their mouths, but that is just an idea I had - it might help lubricate their digestive system. I would also wet their food (monitor to prevent mold), and let them have grit.

    The Ultimate Pet Duck Guidebook recommends a vet visit. Sometimes a vet will use a tiny amount (pea sized) of cat hairball remedy. But it may not be a good idea if the impaction is anything but food.
     
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  4. chickens really

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    Have you fed them any real feed?.....If so, mix some grit and the proper sized grit for adult birds add some margarine or oil to it......wet it to a soupy mix....You can add fresh tomato to encourage them to eat....Watermelon is watery also.....

    Do you free feed or only twice a day?.....Sometimes they will over eat if they got too hungry.....water at all times.....

    Best wishes.....
     
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  5. Finntheduck

    Finntheduck Just Hatched

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    I have been offering them cracked corn with grit, also yogurt (high in probiotics), but they wont eat anything. It has now been 3-4 days since they have eaten, unless you count them foraging in the hay? I have an appnt at 9:30 tomorrow. For both ducks exam it is $93, due to a discount from my sister working at a partner vet, which is not bad at all. I am excited! There might be some hope.
     
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    Best wishes.....I hope it turns out great for you and the Ducks...:)......:)
     
  7. Debs Flock

    Debs Flock Birds on the brain Premium Member

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    What is their normal diet before they stopped eating?

    Thanks for the update. [​IMG]
     
  8. Finntheduck

    Finntheduck Just Hatched

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    Before they stopped eating, I was giving them a variety of fresh veggies (corn, peas, lettuce, etc..) I made the mistake of not offering them grit, which is what I believe started this whole issue. Before the whole fresh veggie thing, I was feeding them cracked corn and flock raiser, along with veggies here and there.
     
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    Finntheduck Just Hatched

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    Thank you [​IMG]
     
  10. Debs Flock

    Debs Flock Birds on the brain Premium Member

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    Do ask the vet for recommendations on feeding. Flock raiser, grit & oyster shell is all they need.
     

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