Sick Duck? Strange Behavior... PLEASE HELP

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by New Farmer, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. New Farmer

    New Farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my ducks is displaying a strange behavior. It runs around with its beak wide open, quaking constantly, with it's head pulled back. It will relax to eat and drink and sleep, but displays this behavior other wise. I don't know what to do for this duck. She does not appear hurt or injured although I can't seem to catch er to check her out. Any suggestions? I am totally confused.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Give more details how old for one and how long has this be going on? can you herd her into her house and catch her or a corner so you can feel along her neck for obstructions look under her feathers for a wound and feel along her neck for something maybe lodged in her throat. Is she laying eggs? A pic of video would help greatly and what breed.
     
  3. Speceider

    Speceider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like broody behavior.

    Clint
     
  4. New Farmer

    New Farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm not sure what breed she is. She is black with a little white under her neck. I got her last spring as a duckling when I replaced my chicken flock due to loosing my other flock to a predator. She has been acting this way for about a week. I have her housed with my three other ducks and my chickens. I have tried catching her but have been unsuccessful. I have been very fortunate to have never had sick or injured birds so I never thought of her maybe having something stuck in her throat. I will have to catch her somehow. Do you think I will be able to feel if something is lodged in her throat?
     
  5. New Farmer

    New Farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    what does broody behavior mean? I am new to this... sorry. Thank you
     
  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Sounds like she could be hormonal. Broodiness does this, so does the urge to mate - at least, with my runners. They splash like crazy, swimming around and around in the swim pan, hop out, mouth open, head down, wild look in the eye.

    What's the weather like where you are? Anyone playing hop on top?
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I never thought of broody behavior where they live and this awful cold frigid weather. especially since I live so much further south and am not seeing any signs of broodiness. But ya'll maybe right. Lets hope so. I'd still wait till they all go inside then try and get her into a corner go slowly take a towel with you so you can wrap her up in it and look her over real good feel along her neck if she had something lodged you maybe able to feel it depending on size. Is she laying eggs? if she's not laying I really don't think she'd be broody.
     
  8. Speceider

    Speceider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I doubt the bird is sick because sick birds rarely vocalize.

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  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    She may just like to hear herself talk.
     
  10. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My thoughts exactly!
    ... But more info could mean something else. I'm guessing hormones right now.
     
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