Sick Ducks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by snugglepup, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. snugglepup

    snugglepup Songster

    Apr 15, 2007
    Creedmoor, NC

    I have noticed a couple of my ducks have bubbly discharge coming from their eyes. Their nostrils seem clear. Poop are pretty normal as far as I can tell. Otherwise they are all active, eating and drinking well, and generally carrying on as normal. There are 9 ducks all together, and 2 seem to have the symptom.

    I did a web search but couldn't find anything that sounded like what they have going on. Any ideas? Treatment?

    These guys are "runner" ducks, about 6 months old. They have commercial waterfowl food available in their pen, but usually eat the layer feed out of the chicken feeders, too. They free range during the day, and eat a lot of grass and slugs and worms and such. They also like to go behind the broiler tractor and clean up what the broilers drop.

    At night they have their own pen, but since we've been having some trouble with predators, we've been shutting them in a large, plastic dog crate. They used to have a 3 sided shelter, but there was no way to close it up, so we replaced it with the crate. They go in the crate by themselves at dusk and we close the door and lock it, and let them back out in the morning. They also have a large wading pool with stairs to play in during the day.

  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Hi, make sure they have clean water, deep enough to dunk their heads in and blow out their nares (nostrils). If it is just dirt or dust in their eyes, that should clear it up!
  3. snugglepup

    snugglepup Songster

    Apr 15, 2007
    Creedmoor, NC
    Could that cause the eye discharge? I did notice their swimming pool had gotten kinda low and filled up with leaves in all the wind we've had the last couple days. I scrubbed it out and refilled it. The do have access to several waterers, but they may not be deep enough.
  4. SandraChick

    SandraChick Songster

    Also....they don't sleep all the deep water is mandatory in their night kennel! as well as food.

  5. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    are they feeeling better?

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