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Sick 4 month old duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Naziha, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. Naziha

    Naziha Hatching

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    Hey, so i have a 4 month old duckling who was perfectly healthy until last month. Started off with a slight difficulty in breathing and now her condition's getting worse by the day. Most of the time she's panting, her wings always hang down, she eats very less, her eyes and nose are watery and she has severe diarrhea which doesn't seem to get any better. I've taken her to three different vets but the antibiotics and injections they've prescribed aren't helping so i've lost hope. Does anyone know what might be the problem?
     

  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    @Naziha I know you probably do but I have to ask does your duckling have a bucket deep enough to dunk her head into to clean her eyes and nares? The diarrhea can be from the antibiotics they kill both bad and good bacteria, A good bird probiotic added to her drinking water may help with that. How about her bedding is it nice and clean and dry? Wet bedding that smells of ammonia can cause respiratory distress. brooder pneumonia. did any of the vets ever give a diagnosis? What were the antibiotics she has been given ?
     
  3. Naziha

    Naziha Hatching

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    yeah it's deep enough for her to dunk her head and clean her nares, and i clean her house twice or thrice a day so it's always dry too. she had diarrhea before they even prescribed antibiotics, in fact they gave her an antibiotic for the diarrhea itself but that only made things worse. One of the vets said it's nothing but a sinus problem so he suggested giving her vebramycin and ethrocine twice a day, i kept her on those medicines for almost a week but didn't notice a change so took her to another vet, this one said it's new castle disease and gave her an injection and prescribed amoxil, flagyl( 4 drops twice a day each ) and amino-vplus a multi-vitamin to add to her water. They've got me all confused because i still don't see her getting better. Also, i kinda doubt the vet because i think multi-vitamins shouldn't be given to a bird with diarrhea.
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Hopefully @casportpony will give advise here i am at a loss when it comes to meds.
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Did any of the vets do a gram stain of her poop and her nasal discharge?

    -Kathy
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    @Naziha
     
  7. duckinlovin

    duckinlovin In the Brooder

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    I'm sorry to hear she isn't feeling well and visits to vet aren't seeming to help. I came across this info. You may have already found it but thought I'd share.
    http://www.callducks.net/ducksail.htm
     
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  8. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    The respiratory sure could be fungal, but the diarrhea is probably bacterial. Gram stains of her poop and snot will confirm if it's bacterial. Not sure how easy/affordable it is to test for aspergillosis.

    Gotta be honest and say that the panting, wings down, closed eyes, etc are very bad signs.

    Quote: Quote: -Kathy
     
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  10. Naziha

    Naziha Hatching

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    No, because diagnosis is generally made through a post-martem examination and where I live they lack such facilities for the animals, although the symptoms seem to fit. I'd still like to know what the cure is to aspergilosis?
     

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