sick Muscovy

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mccaff mama hen, May 21, 2012.

  1. mccaff mama hen

    mccaff mama hen Songster

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    I hope someone can help me figure out what's going on with this Muscovy. First off, someone dumped 4 Muscovies around my property and since I have chickens they started coming over and hanging out. My friend posted pics of them a while ago and people thought they were all drakes. My husband really doesn't want them to stay and is worried because they now realize we have an in ground pool. OOPS!!! Anyway, I noticed Friday that the Chocolate one's left wing didn't seem right at the joint. I've looked at pics of angel wing and it doesn't look like that. My husband said saw a one trying to mate with possibly this one in the pool and maybe it's wing got hurt. I noticed that the other 3 would come and go like normal, but the Chocolate one stayed all day. I thought Friday night it wanted to stay in the run, but when I cam out to lock up it went running out. I did check it's wing and there is no cut or blood anywhere. Saturday and Sunday it did stay in the run at night and hung around all day. This morning when I went out to open the coop/run I noticed his face seems to be fading from red to grayish. Can anyone help me figure out what might be going on with this Muscovy? I don't want it to suffer. I feed my chickens Multi Flock (Kent Feed) and scratch grains for treats. I'll try to get a picture tonight when I get home from work, but this is a fairly recent picture. Oh also about the pool, we haven't officially opened it yet (for those of you in the North and know what I mean) so it looks like a pond at the moment [​IMG]

    Try not to look at the gross pool that they have pulled the cover down into, The Poll man is gonna LOVE IT!!
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    I'm sorry someone dumped some ducks on your property, that is shameful. I wish your dh liked them because they make wonderful pets. I have 12 at the moment. It's hard to tell by the pic if it's male or female need a better close up. But males will go through the mating game even with other males more dominance than anything else. I am surprised with being left on their own and not locked up at night that they haven't already been killed and eaten. As for sickness ducks are very hardy and if feed a good balanced diet and lots of fresh water for drinking and bathing in they can stay very healthy. Maybe post another pic of them especially close ups of their faces so we can give you a better idea of what you have. The feed your feeding your chickens is fine for the ducks too. About the wing do you think a pred could have gotten hold of it? can you examine closer to see if there is a wound? If your dh insists that they can't stay can you possibly run and ad on craigslist to see if you can get them a home, or post at your local feed store.
     
  3. mccaff mama hen

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    Thanks for replying, I will try to get a better pic tonight of the face. I'm pretty sure the wing doesn't have a wound, I felt and looked up underneath and the wing can open out a bit altho I didn't extend it all the way. The 4 of them showed up a while ago, I thought they were a neighbors of mine that has a small farm, only to find out he thought they might be mine. The neighbor behind my property thinks they sleep somewhere over by her house, but they aren't hers. They usually leave in the late afternoon and go back to wherever they sleep. When they hear my come out with the chickens, they come parading over. I would have thought this winter they would have tried to sleep in the run but they never did, even tho they go inside the coop/run and eat whenever. While my husband doesn't want them, he didn't really want chickens either, which I now have close to 100 so what's a couple of ducks, LOL. I know they can be good pets, I grew up in Florida on a canal and had several wild regular Muscovy visitors. It's possible this one is now my pet since he's going in the coop at night. One reason I haven't put them on Craigslist, where I live the only reason someone would want them is to eat them. I kind of hate to see that since they really are nice looking. Here's different pics of them. It's the dark one that's sick, this was taken about a month ago.

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  4. veronicasmom

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    Are there any farm animal shelters or sanctuaries near you? Or a waterfowl rescue? Maybe you can do some googling and find out if there is a place that will take them and keep them safe.
    Good luck.
     
  5. mccaff mama hen

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    I took an OK pic this morning. I will try to get a better one in a little while. I hope this helps someone know what I can do to help him now. The first one don't know if you can tell the wing dropping a bit on the left side. Thanks
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  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Looks like All drakes and probably someone had to many and just saw you have chickens and decided to dump them. The pic on the bottom looks like he may have some kind of fungus going on on his face or could he have gotten frost bit and this is just the after math of the damage. I know it's been along time since winter but how long has his face been like this? Maybe try and find some anti fungal cream and rub it into his flesh on his face. be sure not to get it in his eyes. They have stuff at feed stores I'm sure. As for his wing if no bites maybe when he was flying or got it hung up on some fencing? really hard to say whats going on. You could try wrapping it to see if it heals back properly but I understand it's a bit tricky wrapping a wing on a duck, maybe able to google it and get instructions. when you extended it did you feel all over to see if you could feel any breaks? I would at least try to keep him confined till he is well because he really has no way of getting away from a pred if he can't fly. My younger drakes use to fly. They are beautiful and it's so sad that someone probably dumped them, you are a kind person to care for them. My Muscovies are the sweetest things. Drakes included. Also you may pick up some poultry vitamins and start putting them in their water.
     
  7. mccaff mama hen

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    Thx Miss Lydia, his face just started looking like this on Saturday or Sunday, I noticed the wing on Friday. I haven't caged him during the day as he doesn't go very far and I free range quite a few on my chickens he's now rooming with, LOL. I will look at the store for some fungal cream for his face. I thought about giving him directly to mouth Nutri-drench to see if that helps too. As for his wing, I didn't feel any breaks and I have caught some of them fighting in the pool (or pond right now) and thought that was probably how it got hurt. Once his face started to look bad I worried it was something different all together. I'll see how this goes for starters. Thanks everyone.
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    I am so glad you mentioned Nutri Drench I love the stuff well i don't use it but i use it on my flock yes give it to him directly if he'll let you that would be awesome. If he's been fighting I bet thats how he got hurt probably a sprain or hopefully something like it that will heal on it own. When I had only drakes they never did fight but they came from the river so they had already established their pecking order so to speak. I hope you can get him through this sounds like he is in good hands. Please keep us updated. Thanks
     

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