Sick duck - won't eat and dropping weight--help

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by TwoDogFarm, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. TwoDogFarm

    TwoDogFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2014
    North Carolina
    My duck flock has been having issues lately and I think some of the problems may be due to this flip flop weather we have had lately. I got Baytril from my vet when it seemed that my flock wasn't eating as well as they usually do, and I had a couple of girls who had been egg bound.

    The Baytril seemed to help most of them but one of my babies is still acting very sick. She's not eating right and her feathers look very worn and different than everyone else's. She is dropping weight and may be down to a few pounds now which is way underweight for a Pekin.

    The weird thing is I feel like she really wants to eat. She will pick up her pellets and drop them on the ground, repeat, and then eat dirt. But it never seems like she actually swallows any food. Whenever I throw scratch down, she eats that just fine.

    Today I took her away from the flock and fed her some yogurt, peas, scratch, and mealworms. She did okay with the yogurt, ate a few peas, ate a few mealworms, and ate the scratch like she was just starving to death. I tried to give her kale but it seemed that even though she wanted it, she didn't want to swallow it. She kept throwing it down after she would pick it up.

    I've started a worming treatment of Safeguard on my flock, thinking worms could be the problem, but I'm on day 3 of 5 with no improvement.

    Does anyone know what's wrong with her or what I can do for her? I would hate to have her starve to death, but Im worried thats where we are heading if i cant figure out how to help her. Thanks.
  2. Messica

    Messica Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2016
    Have you inspected bill, nostrils, mouth and throat for injuries or abnormalities? With her feathers looking ragged have you checked head to toe for external parasites?

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