Our Pekin stopped eating suddenly, then died - a warning to the naive

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by NZDuckNewbies, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. NZDuckNewbies

    NZDuckNewbies Out Of The Brooder

    So about a day and a half ago my wife noticed our Pekin was hiding herself and acting strange. She wouldn't eat, and would barely drink, and she was very lethargic.

    The weather has been really warm, and she hadn't been swimming too much, but we did what we could to feed and water her. Then today, after a night of me being unable to sleep, and googling fiercely to try figure out the problem, I figured it must be worms, although our other duck, a khaki Campbell, has been fine.

    We went to the pet store and got ivomec, then applied it to both ducks, we brought our Pekin inside where it was cooler, filled a smaller pool and put her in. She just floated there, with her legs hanging down, then eventually tucked them up, curled her head upwards til it touched her back, let it drop forward, and died. My wife was broken at the sight of it.

    Basically, we never really thought about worms, our ducks are free range with 120m2 plus of land to themselves, and we feed them well, the only difference is that we recently opted to increase the level of wheat and decrease the laying pellets. We feel like the worst duck owners ever, we were just so naive about the whole thing. Now we have one drake, and he's so territorial I don't know if another duck could handle him. Basically he is a real douche to other ducks - we have some wild ones visit (possibly the one we rescued as a duckling who left us when she learned to fly).

    When our Pekin died, some of her stool leaked out and we saw that there were some worms in it, I just wish we had known the signs earlier, or at least noticed, and wish we had known or thought to treat them at all just as a matter of habit and a regular regime.

    So it is a very sad day for us, maybe it was worms, it seems likely, but if there are any other explanations that anyone has for our duck going off her food so suddenly and then dying, please let us know so we can be aware of that too.
  2. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

    Apr 20, 2007
    I'm so sorry you lost your duck. I know how heartbreaking that is. Most of the time they don't show any symptoms of being sick until it's almost to late. You did everything possible for her. I would still try and get another duck her mate needs a companion. He will probably grieve for her too. [​IMG]
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  3. NZDuckNewbies

    NZDuckNewbies Out Of The Brooder

    What are everyone's thoughts?, would it be best to find a 12month old or older duck for our drake, or to raise another duckling up? I can only find unsexed ducklings at the pet stores so wouldn't know what I'm getting, and I worry that the wait for companionship will be too long that w at due to the fact he can be aggressive and don't want them to hang out too soon.

    Does the other duck need to be female? Or will he be ok with company regardless.

    I'm sure there's something online that will tell me, but I'd prefer others experience instead.
  4. KuroKitsune

    KuroKitsune Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2013
    you can get a drake as a friend for your current drake lots of people have just drake flocks but you need to go slow when introducing whether you find a grown bird or get a duckling...and if you get a duckling you will have to raise it separately from your drake as he could kill a duckling..so te duckling would have to be mostly grown before introducing them though they could live side by side separated by fence till you can safely introduce them...and they still get company.

    also Metzer Farms allows as few as 2 ducklings to be bought and you can buy sexed ducklings but they do charge extra for only 2 as they have to do more to make sure your ducklings arrive to you alive and healthy
  5. NZDuckNewbies

    NZDuckNewbies Out Of The Brooder

    Thanks for that, we have a small run we can use to separate them initially, and then we can go from there with temporary fencing as necessary. I appreciate the info.

    Now i just need to find a drake nearby.

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