Quackers isnt herself

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Animal family, Jul 23, 2018.

  1. Animal family

    Animal family Songster

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    My duck Quackers was hiding in her house when I got home today around 3pm. I can’t figure out what’s wrong, she is quiet and isn’t interested in food. Usually when I get home she and her drake greet me at the door and want snacks. Lots of talking and eating goes on.

    She hasn’t laid an egg for 2 days now but I thought since they are going thru their summer molt, that was normal.

    She is quiet, not eating, drank a tiny bit, let me hold her a lot which is weird, and seems tired and a bit scared.

    My drake Cheese seems fine, not scared at all, eating and drinking.

    She’s just not herself, and I can’t find any wounds or sickness, her eyes seem fine, however, it seems like her breathing is a bit labored. I thought maybe it was because she was hot because I’m holding her, but that worries me.

    Anyone have any ideas? I’m so worried, they’re my pets and they’ve always had lots of energy and sass. They were 1 in April.

    Thank you!
    Julie
     
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  2. Warwickchickenhill

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    did you check to see if shes eggbound?
     
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  3. WickedChicksNH

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    oh no, since i am new to ducks myself, I cannot offer help, I just wanted to say I hope everything is OK
     
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  4. Animal family

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    I’m not sure how to check... I felt her stomach but didn’t feel anything different, I put her in a warm bath but took her out since she was panting and hot. Her bill is a lot hotter than Cheeses.
    Since writing my first post, I’ve noticed she’s favoring her left leg, however no sign of injury. I’m just worried because she won’t touch any food. Drinking tho...
     
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  5. Animal family

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    Okay so she tried to lay an egg about 20 minutes ago but no success. I have her in the tub again. She’s so tired
     
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  6. CayugaJana

    CayugaJana Free Ranging

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    If you can tell that she is straining to push, there is probably an egg stuck. I would see if you can make her as comfortable as possible. Can you give her some extra calcium? I have liquid calcium gluconate I bought from TCS. It’s a liquid you can squirt in her bill.

    Do you have turmeric or fish oil? Those both are great anti inflammatories so it will decrease the swelling in her reproductive tract. Then hopefully she can pass it.
     
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  7. CayugaJana

    CayugaJana Free Ranging

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    Can you bring her where it’s a little cooler until she passes the egg? She’s probably super hot and a little extra swollen just from the summer heat.
     
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  8. Animal family

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    She spent much of the afternoon inside with me, I can keep her cool tomorrow as well. I’m really worried about her not eating, she went to bed without eating anything since before 3pm today.
    How much turmeric can I give her, and how do I give it to her? I have powder. I’ll get some liquid calcium tomorrow, she has oyster shell available at al times but obviously isn’t eating it righ now.
    Thanks for writing back, I’m beyond worried for my girl.
     
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  9. CayugaJana

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    I would give her half a capsule. You will probably have to make her eat it because she won’t voluntarily do it if she’s not eating. I’m sorry your baby is going through this. I’ve had 1 duck do this but eventually she laid an egg.
     
  10. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    She is off feed because the stuck egg is blocking her ability to poo. The egg is causing her sciatic nerve to be pinched.
    Liquid calcium can be given Or crush and dissolve two Tums tablets and syringe into her bill..
    Hope she passes the egg...Lets her soak in a pool of water for awhile..
     
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