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Sick black-bellied whistling duck **HELP!!**

Discussion in 'Ornamental Fowl (Swans, etc.)' started by IronEagle, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. IronEagle

    IronEagle Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Everyone,
    I have 5 black-bellied whistling ducks approximately 18 months old. One of them has started sneezing repeatedly in succession. 10 times in a row. I also noticed that it's (I have no idea if it is male or female) whistle has suddenly changed from exactly like the other 4 to a higher pitched and rough sounding whistle. This is new from today so I'm hoping if it is something bad I can catch it quick.

    I live in an extremely remote location without access to a vet. BUT I do have a quite extensive med kit on hand.

    I have available to me:
    3 sulfas injectable
    Oxytetracycline 50mg/ml injectable (this particular type can also be administered by mouth)
    Vita drench
    Probiotic drench
    Worming meds of 2 types, fenbendazole and pyromantel

    And one last detail, I noticed 3 days ago that this duck had a slight limp. It's foot looks totally normal but it does try to wriggle away from me when I probe the upper leg. I don't know if this is in any way related.

    I have come to this forum many times for help and am eternally grateful for the help I receive. Thank you in advance!

    Iron Eagle
     
  2. Buck Oakes

    Buck Oakes Chillin' With My Peeps

    All ducks, ornamental or not, hide sickness well if u can see that she/he is actually showing symptoms then it can be really bad, they try to hide their sickness but if they can't that means that it can, possibly, be very bad. I would try to go on a vet trip I mean if it comes down to it im sure you'll do what u see as best :) :D
     
  3. IronEagle

    IronEagle Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you everyone for all of the advice. A neighbor had to go to town so stopped at the vet and got a bottle of 10% Enrofloxacina oral solution. He brought it to me late at night, after the birds were all put away so I waited until the morning to administer. In the morning the sneezing duck was no longer sneezing and the voice is normal. One of the problems with my wood ducks is that they are nearly impossible to tell apart. They have no distinguishing features, (I hope they are not all males!) It is now about 5 days later and I have sat out there and watched them for hours and still have no idea which one is or was sick.

    I've decided to hold off on administering any medication but am watching them closely and now that I have the medication I can separate and administer if I hear the sneezing again. For now it seems that it's immune system kicked in and all seems fine.

    Thanks again!!
    IE
     

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