Snowy Mallard Problem, PLEASE HELP QUICKLY!!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by BaJa, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. BaJa

    BaJa Songster

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    I just bought a pair of snowy mallards for $100 dollars a piece, and now the drake is suddenly lethargic, not moving legs or wings. He had sprained his leg 2 days ago, so I had him separate in a
    3 x 3 cage. had him swimming yesterday as well, although he was just floating a bit. Like I said, he won't move and is breathing very heavily. Really don't want him to die. Any help very much appreciated. And please don't come with things like what kind of food is he on etc, because all the other mallards are as healthy as ever.
    Thanks,

    Barend
     
  2. CrystaBub

    CrystaBub Mother Duck to Jabby, Gabby, Abby and Dabby

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    How old and can you post a pic or video of the breathing? I'd get him inside and floating in room temp water for starters while the BYC community helps to figure this out.
     
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  3. quackiemama

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    I hope your drake pulls through!!!
     
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  4. BaJa

    BaJa Songster

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    When I bought him and the other mallards, he said that they were 1.5 years old. This one looks a little older though. Probably can't get a video. Thanks
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Wow. That was very expensive...possibly needs to be put into a smaller space to heal. Can take up to 6 weeks for sprains or small fractures to heal.
     
  6. CrystaBub

    CrystaBub Mother Duck to Jabby, Gabby, Abby and Dabby

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    OK - i'd just start with an indoor soak - could just be in pain. If you think you can get him soaking in epsom salt without drinking it, even better. and they can have low dose aspirin too. 1 low dose every 4 hours. I had to do this with my Pekin recently b/c of a hurt leg.
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    They can pant or breath heavy due to pain. Can give him Baby aspirin once a day for pain.
     
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  8. BaJa

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    He's making gurgly sounds while breathing through his nose, and has lots of water in it. Every time I can blow in his nose and water will fly out the other end. That's probably his heavy breathing.
     
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  9. CrystaBub

    CrystaBub Mother Duck to Jabby, Gabby, Abby and Dabby

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    Is a vet an option? He may needs antibiotics...
     
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  10. BaJa

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    But if it's the pain from a sprain, would he be that lethargic? And why now, and not the days before?
     
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