Palsy?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bacbacbac, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. bacbacbac

    bacbacbac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At first googling nothing turned up so I'll research deeper, but starting here. One of my ducks is having some palsy type movements with it's wings. Can you throw a few medical possibilities at me? I'd like to find out if there is anything I can do for it, if there is or will be pain involved, or if it is a communicable disease like Mareks that will eventually result in death. Thanks.
     
  2. Frank Phinster

    Frank Phinster Chillin' With My Peeps

    When is your bird showing this behaviour, is it constant or just showing on certain occasions?
     
  3. bacbacbac

    bacbacbac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've crossposted under Emergencies as well, just FYI. This behavior is constant and I would call it tremors. Now that I've taken more time to observe the flock I see that three ducks are exhibiting tremors.
     
  4. Frank Phinster

    Frank Phinster Chillin' With My Peeps

    While preening, the wings tend to express some kind of twitching, people sometimes mistake this for tremors, just wanted to make sure that this is not the case here since I have no idea how experienced you are with ducks.

    Are we speaking of some kind of Parkinson's Desease or paralysis?
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Can you post a video? when does it happen like after being in the pool etc?
     
  6. Frank Phinster

    Frank Phinster Chillin' With My Peeps

    I concur with Miss Lydia, a video would be a great help.
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Thanks Frank, one time a member posted a video of their ducks moving their wings alot like something was wrong with them after talking back and forth we finally determined they were only doing this after playing in the pool or when preening. My Muscovy's do it too; it can look like something is wrong if you haven't ever seen this before, and this may not be it but always good to look at every possible angle.

    Good to see you..again [​IMG]
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Ducks will also exhibit a twitching/sagging action if their wings are loaded with 'blood' flight feathers. If your ducks have been molting, this might be a possibility.
     
  9. bacbacbac

    bacbacbac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone. I noticed it while preening, but I thought it looked like they were preening because the tremors were bothering them. I am absolutely new to ducks and am not familiar with all of their habits yet. I have a busy family life and am often chasing little humans, so I don't get to do the same observation I did when I first started keeping chickens. I quarantined them separately from the hens for the night and will video them tomorrow. I did notice tonight that the "tremors" stopped when they were laying on the ground resting/sleeping so hopefully this is just a new-to-ducks thing :) Thanks again.
     
  10. Miss Lydia

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    I'm thinking so too, but a video will help, I know the first time I saw mine twitching I thought oh no what is wrong, but hopefully it's just part of their preening same as I have seen here. Ducks are very hardy and are resistant to disease if kept in reasonably clean conditions [I know that's not that easy since we're talking ducks] but not kept in nasty conditions so to speak.
     

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