recovering sick duck isolated from group

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by alex2370, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. alex2370

    alex2370 New Egg

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    Hi Everyone, I am new on here. I live In Northumberland , UK. I have 7 ducks, 4 Buff Orpingtons (1 drake, 3 female) and 3 Khaki Cambells (1drake, 2 females). All was fine until last week when two of the buff females became ill with what we think may have been an infective conjunctivitis. Oozy eye and temperature, unwell behaviour. We got them to the vets and medicated. They were isolated . etc. This morning I put them them back with the flock, one has been accepted back in no problem, The other has been chased off by the drakes (she was more poorly of the two). She is now hiding under the duck house .... Could anyone out there give me some advice on what to do please? I was new to duck keeping a year ago but am learning fast!! Thank you.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Welcome to BYC. I would also post on the duck thread (look under the Forum head above.) You might try putting her in a dog crate with food and a lrge container of water for a day or two, so they can see her. Or separate the drake for a couple of days. I am more familiar with chickens, but I think that ducks need a water container to wash their faces, so maybe that is the problem. Of course, conjunctivitis and respiratory diseases such as MG are common.
     
  3. alex2370

    alex2370 New Egg

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    Many thanks for your reply, I will try that.
     
  4. HomesteadingCox

    HomesteadingCox Just Hatched

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    A tried and true way to re-introduce a single duck back into the flock would be to house them adjacently, so they can be seen and heard, but protected from the others, Youll have to make sure the odd one out has shelter from the sun/weather, usually 2/3 days like this the introduction goes smoother, but it will never be flawless. Theres always that one that will pull a feather or goose the hen so to speak. A cage or secondary enclosure (which can be used for chicks as well) that share a common fence is the best way I know of. I myself am going through the same thing and this is what is working for me. Good luck!
     
  5. alex2370

    alex2370 New Egg

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    Great, I'll try your advice, Many thanks :)
     

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