sick call duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MrsQuack, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. MrsQuack

    MrsQuack Out Of The Brooder

    So my 0.9lb(he's tiny...) Call duck is sick. I noticed his nose running last night, and he seems a little congested. He has had respiratory problems in the past, where he had to have injections every 2 days to help him. Is there anything I can do to help him with his cold until I can call a vet tomorrow? We just moved and I'm not sure if there's a vet who can help here... If not I'm making the 8 hour drive back home to our vet. He is a house duck by the way... So lost, I'm worried he'll die: (
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Do you have any VetRX? or Oxine ah? Oxine ah can be misted right into his face and it's great for respiratory problems till you can get medical attention which he may need antibiotics. VetRx can be applied over the nares to help relieve congestion. also you can put some Apple Cider vinegar into a small bowl deep enough for your little Call to dunk his head which will help to kill some bacteria. I would still try to get vet help but these things may help till you can. Hope the little one starts feeling good quick. Please keep us updated

    info on Oxine ah http://www.shagbarkbantams.com/oxine.htm
     
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  3. Amykins

    Amykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh no, I hope your baby is okay! Sounds like he's got one heck of a bad respiratory infection. Did you get to take him to the vet? Please let us know how it went!

    Also, bear with me, but he's had a lot of infections in the past with antibiotic injections? Did they ever do a culture? If he's still sick after so many treatments it may not even be bacterial. If they haven't done a culture, I highly recommend doing a fungal and bacterial swab done. It could be yeast or some other kind of fungus invading his lungs.

    As for what to do, I'm afraid without access to veterinary tools or medicines I'm at a loss...I'm sorry. :/ Try giving him some crushed vitamins and a little sugar water just to give him a small boost. Please keep us posted, I'm really pulling for him!
     
  4. MrsQuack

    MrsQuack Out Of The Brooder

    We have acv and have been using that. He's a bit better this evening. But still calling the vet tomorrow. I'm in Canada, vets aren't open today. So I'll call tomorrow to check prices, if it's crazy, I'll drive 8hrs home to my vet who will only charge me $30 if that.

    When he was sick before, it was from depression. He had bonded with my husband, who had to move up here (again 8 hours away) until he could find us a home, which took 6 months. It took a huge toll on Abby, and he had pneumonia.
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Oh, mercy. I would try making a cup of oregano tea, let that cool to warm (not hot), and see if he'll sip a little of that. Just having it near him to breathe it in a little? Just an idea I had - I don't have a very scientific basis except that oregano is used by some poultry businesses to prevent illness.
     
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  6. MrsQuack

    MrsQuack Out Of The Brooder

    And my whole house is sick right now.... Can ducks catch a cold from the kids? He rarely goes outside, unless it's to beat up the Cayuga's.
     
  7. MrsQuack

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    It's worth a try!!
     
  8. Amiga

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  9. MrsQuack

    MrsQuack Out Of The Brooder

    So as of right now, no more runny nose, and I can't hear any congestion! :)
     
  10. Amykins

    Amykins Overrun With Chickens

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    YAY Please keep us posted on the vet stuff! I wish all ducks had a mama willing to drive 8 hours just to get them treated. <3
     

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