PEKIN DUCK CAN'T STAND

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Duckstruck, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. Duckstruck

    Duckstruck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday, 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, live 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. She laid an egg today, so she is not egg bound. We have a coop and run, so they aren't exposed to much of nature except when I let them out while I'm there.

    PLEASE RESPOND ASAP.
     
  2. Messica

    Messica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is your flock eating? Could it be a nutritional deficiency? Any chance of injury or does she just seem weak?
     
  3. Messica

    Messica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Derp, just saw what she was eating. Scrach definitely isn't balance enough diet wise. It's fine for a treat but isn't nutritionally complete. I'd put my money on it being caused by a deficiency unfortunately.
     
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  4. Ashleymarie529

    Ashleymarie529 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed. You need to get Flock feed.
    Dumor Has a feed for egg laying ducks/chickens/turkeys called Dumor Poultry.
     
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  5. Ashleymarie529

    Ashleymarie529 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wait she's 3? Okay hold on that Dumor stuff is for 10-18 weeks. I forgot she was 3. Maybe try Gamebird by Manna pro? Or Nutrena All flock is a good one.
     
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  6. Duckstruck

    Duckstruck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It would make sense... but what do they have a deficiency of? Would chicken layer pellets work?
     
  7. Ashleymarie529

    Ashleymarie529 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Niacin and general nutrients
     
  8. Ashleymarie529

    Ashleymarie529 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No chicken stuff isn't very good for ducks
     
  9. Duckstruck

    Duckstruck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a whole fresh bag of scratch for them in a bin. Should I get a mixed flock feed, then mix the remaining scratch with it to get rid of it?
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Most of us have to feed our ducks chicken feed which is fine for other poultry but It does sound like a nutrient problem An all flock or laying crumble or pellets would be fine but I would also until she is back on her feet give her a good balanced poultry vitamins in her water. Poultry Nutri Drench is a real good one.
    I have never even seen feed for water fowl in any feed stores around me.Other than All Flock.
     
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