Sick Pekin - holding head weird.

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  1. seb978

    seb978 New Egg

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    Hello:

    I have a sick pekin and I am hoping someone can help me ID what is going on and what to do.

    Some background:
    We have ducks turkeys and chickens. They have access to all-flock feed and also free range.

    Duck started holding neck strange (wry neck perhaps?) a few days ago. Also just looks a little rough overall and seems to quack a lot. Seems to walk silly sometimes, maybe is confused?

    Any Ideas on what this is and how to treat? I'd be surprised if the duck is deficient in vitamins but I suppose it is possible.

    I am concerned it could be bacterial, and if it is, it might spread to my other birds. Thanksgiving is around the corner and we plan to butcher some ducks and turkey in the next week or so. Would a potential infection in those cause a problem for the humans eating them? Or would cooking take care of anything like that anyway?

    Thanks for any help!
     
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    Here is a video - sorry the beginning is a little rough
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    @seb978 Bless her heart I'd say she is in distress. Do you know that crested ducks can have neurological issues? just like you are seeing? Also could she have had head trauma? Looks like she is pretty close to a road there. Head trauma or neurological issues from lack of B complex vitamins. selenium def can also cause this type of reaction.

    Vitamin E is another that is used so a B complex Selenium and Vitamin E may bring her out of it but if you don't want to treat then I'l think seriously about putting her down.. Has to be heartbreaking to watch her going through this. ..

    Only way to tell if anything else is going on would be to take her to a vet. They could run test to see if it's a bacterial infection.. How old is she? and how long has this been going on?

    Some ducks just need an extra boost of vitamins and minerals when going through a stressful time especially with their health so yes even with excellent feed they can still have problems also you might want to look up crested ducks in the advanced search window and read up on crested ducks.
     
  5. seb978

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    Thanks for the help. I will look in to those things.

    It is heartbreaking! And scary since I don't want the rest of my flock to become ill as well. I don't mind treating her, but didn't want to waste time with vitamins or meds if I didn't know what was going on with her. I also don't want her to suffer so if there is a good chance she won't recover I would just assume end her misery (even though it's sad!)

    She hatched May 29th. I've raised chickens for years but ordered ducks and turkeys for the first time this year. They arrived in April, but this particular bird was gifted to us as an egg and we hatched them out in an incubator. I had no idea until she hatched that she would be crested and did not know they were prone to issues.

    She is close to a road but there is an enormous ditch/embankment and really they stay pretty far away from it. I kind of "pushed" her that way while I was videoing her this morning.

    I have only noticed her doing this the last few days. I caught her last night to check her over and she doesn't seem to have any visible injuries.

    I have not been able to identify a vet locally that knows much about poultry. I have called a poultry specialist at our state university, and left a message for a veterinarian there too but haven't heard back from either yet. Do you think a vet not well versed in poultry could still check for a bacterial infection?

    I would assume is she's sick she wouldn't' be laying eggs still. If she is, do you think there is a risk to us eating them?

    Thanks again for all the help!
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I would imagine any vet could draw blood and test for infections..
    If not infection then eggs would be fine to eat if infection I'd wait an ask because I am not sure. I would keep her in a small area just so she doesn't feel out of control maybe put one of her buddies with her female she doesn't need to have a drake trying to mate with her right now. Wry neck is also a nutritional def also so using the vitamins will help either way.
    I would think is she was sick with some kind of infection she wouldn't be laying that would take way too much out of her. But you know we're not vets so we can only offer advise that we hope and think will help. i have been amazed how much vitamins and minerals can help ducklings and ducks that have these issues.

    Some info https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/857143/treating-wry-neck-in-crested-duckling-edited-title

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/761308/peking-duckling-with-crooked-neck-help
     
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