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Pekin duck- wing walking and freezing

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by The Howards, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. The Howards

    The Howards Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all, I hope someone can shed a light on this cause we are clueless.

    Our Pekin, Butter, is a little over a year old. So far she has been healthy as a horse. Within the last 3 days she has shown a strange behavior but only first thing in the morning when she is released from the coop.
    She comes running out fluffy and talking loudly like always. But she will eventually stop, drop her tail towards the ground and stand tall. She begins panting really hard (I think this is because she is scared about what she is feeling, don't really know). If she tries to walk off she can not make her legs move properly and ends up sitting down trying to use her wings to walk. After about a minute or two it passes and she is off like nothing ever happened. I have only witnessed it happening 2 times in a single morning, within 20 minutes of each other. The rest of the day she is fine and has no issues.
    When it happens I pick her up, she stretches her neck above my shoulder and just lets me hold her. I can feel how tense she is, she seems to be warmer than usual and her heart rate is increased. Slowly she begins to relax and lets me know she wants down. Again she goes on her merry way.
    There is no signs of sickness, no discharge, eyes are clear, lungs and heart sound good.
    We have checked the yard for signs of anything that could have suddenly grown that is bad/dangerous - nothing. They live in a 90x40 yard, fenced in, and have been there for over a year. The coop is a 10x12 barn kept clean. I even walk around daily on poopy patrol with the hose getting rid of any piles I see. Water is changed in the three pools daily and the tubs are changed 1-2xs daily. She shares the yard with 9 other ducks and 18 chickens...no one else is sick, hurt, or acting strange. It has just hit her suddenly and only in the AM.
    I did find some bumblefoot and will begin treating it tomorrow when I pick up some ointment for it. But we have had that issue with it before and this behavior did not occur. Plus it seems to be more than "ouch, my foot hurts and I don't want to use it" cause she walks/runs just fine.
    So any clues?? Advice??
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Do you know when she laid an egg last? sounds like egg laying trouble. Usually right after they lay an egg they will stand like you described but they don't walk. just stand still for a while I guess getting over it, You may want to monitor her to see if she is laying also check her out by gently feeling along her lower tummy for any signs of egg, if she is egg bound then you'll have to decide what to do.
     
  3. The Howards

    The Howards Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the quick reply Miss Lydia. She lays every day and her eggs are hard shelled and normal shaped. Typically around 7 in the morning. This behavior occurs up to 2 hours after she has laid.
     
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  4. Miss Lydia

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    If she's laying then all I can think of is maybe a nerve being pinched when egg is coming out. But from what you described it really does make me think of how mine look right after egg laying other than losing balance. Or maybe she has sustained an injury and this is what your seeing, sometimes the big drakes can cause injury when they mate so much with the ducks. Maybe give her a few days R&R and see if that helps, still keeping her where everyone can see each other and maybe one of her best girl friends with her but resting maybe the best thing right now.
     
  5. The Howards

    The Howards Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We don't have any males (drake or roo). So maybe it is a pinched nerve, the behavior brings to mind a seizure but it didn't look as severe as some of the vids I have watched online. I did notice the other day before she froze, stood straight up, and dropped down to the ground that her legs were shaking very badly when she walked. It was bad enough that i could see it up to 30 feet away. She is still laying normally and we are treating the bumble foot. She isn't happy about it but it is showing improvement.
     
  6. Miss Lydia

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    Has she still been doing this legs shaking and walking weird? I'd see what happens when she gets through this round of egg laying, be observant to how she acts because if it is the egg laying and possibly a nerve then I'd say it will go away during her rest period.

    Glad to hear she is responding to the bumble treatment. what are you doing for it so far?
     
  7. Mrchristopher

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    Hey, any update on what that behavior ended up being? I am having the same problem with about a year old pekin female as well. Please message me back!
     

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