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Pekin is ill and pooping white/light yellow milky substance

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Marilla, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. Marilla

    Marilla Hatching

    Nov 11, 2014
    Hi All,

    My 2 year old rescue Pekin was doing fine yesterday and this morning she (1) would not leave her nest, (2) was pooping a white to light yellow watery substance, (3) would not eat but we were able to hand feed her some lettuce, (4) she would drink. I took her to our vet an he said it was most likely the result of her ongoing reproductive problems - inflamation from over production of eggs (celomitis). He put her on antibotics (Baytril) and Metcam and scheduled her for surgery in a week to remove her reproductive equipment to stop this cycle.

    Since I brought her home this morning, she has not wanted to eat unless handfeed, is still pooping the white to light yellow watery substance with occasional small pieces of green poop. When I palpate her underside near and above her vent she is clearly in a lot of pain. It feels swollen and spongy. I gave her 3ml of olive oil, let her swim in warm water for a little while and gave her some electrolytes in her water. I am very worried about her. Not sure what to make of her symptoms as they seem different than all the other times she was inflammed due to celomitis.

    One other thought...we just adopted a 3 day old Cayuga duckling. They duckling appears quite healthy and did have one short introduction to my Pekin a few days ago. We put the duckling in with the Pekin for about 5 minutes, under supervision of course.

    Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. We love our Pekin very much.


  2. DemonicFowl

    DemonicFowl Chirping

    Sep 4, 2014
    South Eastern Mass
    (Bump) Have you tried putting her feed in the water to make a slurry? Will she eat Some plain yogurt?
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I wouldn't leave the duckling with your Pekin at this point fine to let them get to know each other but a duckling has no defense against an adult duck

    It will probably take a couple 3 days before you notice improvement in your Pekin. Sounds like you love her very much.
    The vet could not feel an egg?
    Welcome to BYC
  4. Marilla

    Marilla Hatching

    Nov 11, 2014
    Thank you for your feedback. She is finally feeling better! Still pooping white sometimes. Any idea what this is? She is eating and drinking and asking for attention and live.

  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Maybe ask the vet to check for yeast. I had a bantam chicken that had yeast and she had white stuff coming out of her vent. It may not be yeast but they can do a culture and find out. You might also try a probiotic mixed into her food or water and see if that helps.
    Glad she is feeling better too. Please keep us updated.

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