PEKIN DUCK CAN'T STAND

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  1. Duckstruck

    Duckstruck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just today, I went to the barn to check on everyone, and one of my female ducks just sat on the ground. I went over and tried to lift her off the ground and on her feet, and she could stand for a second, then sit briefly. I tried again multiple times and sometimes she would take a half-step, then sit again. I checked the pads of her feet, and they were clear of abrasions. She eats, drinks, and quacks fine. Here's some information on her...

    SPECIES: Pekin
    GENDER: Female
    AGE: 3
    EATS: Chicken scratch, daily treats (tomatoes, bread, minnows, grapes, exc.), and oyster shells
    EXTRA: Was limping a little but still got around fine, flock laying more eggs than usual


    I have put her in a dog kennel where she'll have easy access to food and water. I am very concerned about her issue, since the last duck I had who couldn't walk was crippled beyond what vets could do due to a mean drake (who is gone now) and was sadly euthanized. Sometimes the ducks act sick one day (example: narrowed eyes, droopy wings, sluggish), then are fine the next.​

    PLEASE RESPOND ASAP.
     
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Possibly egg bound...:(

    Post on the Duck threads......:)


    Cheers!
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Make sure that she can move her legs. Paralysis in the legs can be a sign of botulism in ducks, from eating a toxin produced in rottingfish or animal carcasses. You can check her for egg binding by inserting a finger into her vent and inch or two, where it should normally just feel soft. Put some poultry vitamins including niacin and riboflavin into her water, or crush a B Complex tablet into some food in case of a vitamin deficiency, which may be common in ducks or chickens. Here is where to also post on the duck forum:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forums/threads/add/forumId/42

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  4. Duckstruck

    Duckstruck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for responding! Here's a little update on how she's doing today...

    She laid an egg this morning but still can't walk, so I don't think she's egg bound.. She can swim fine and I watched her foot movements through the water and they were normal.
    @Eggcessive , she and her flock aren't exposed to dead carcasses, since they are contained in a run. They eat live minnows I feed them and pick bugs off the ground, but that's all the living things they eat. I do let them outside sometimes when I'm there, but they graze together as a group, so they'd all have it... Does botulism effect a once-healthy duck overnight?
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Do you have a Drake?.....Possibly nerve damage?......Sorry this is happening...:(

    Best wishes...
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Also Ticks can cause paralysis .....:(.....
     
  7. Duckstruck

    Duckstruck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's an update on her today...
    She laid another egg today and is eating and drinking her medicine fine (niacin and B complex). She can stand, but seems to choose to sit down...
    I've put their oyster shells in a separate dish for them to take from, including one for the sick duck. I've also mixed some into their food for extra supplement.
     
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    Duckstruck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @chickens really , we HAD a drake, but he left a while back. She's been limping for a while, but not extremely. It escalated very quickly, because one day she was walking fine and the next she was immobile.
     
  9. Eggcessive

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    Botulism is common in wild ducks who swin in streams or lakes. It is probably not a problem with your duck since she doesn't get out. It progresses quickly within hours with leg paralysis moving to the wings and neck becoming limp. I would look more at a vitamin deficiency or injury until something else becomes more apparent. Let us know how she gets along.
     
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