tail tucked! help!

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  1. RubberDuckee

    RubberDuckee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]My mallard Susie has her tail tucked under, as if she is uncomfortable.

    She was fine yesterday, as seen in photo above.

    She is almosr 3. She appears quiet tired and not at all herself. She's been like this all day. Help!!! This is a new behavior. She was fine last night and as noisy as ever. Today, she wouldn't come out of our bushes outside... should I rush her to vet???
     
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Does she lay eggs? she may have an egg stuck, put her into a nice warm bath[without soap] and let her soak for a while, sometimes if they soak in warm water for a while it relaxes them enough to get the egg out. If she still is acting like this in the morning and no egg has been laid you might want to go to the vet. Keep us updated
     
  3. RubberDuckee

    RubberDuckee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, Jailbird lays about 3 to 4 eggs a week even though she's a Mallard (unless she's molting).

    Ok, thank you, thank you, thank you! Should I use Epson salt in the tub too? She's my precious baby girl.

    She had 2 weird eggs around 3 months ago (not hard shell), but the issue resolved itself immediately. Do you think this may have some relation?

    She is on Mauzuri, plus meal worms, plus she has regular free range of our rural property in order for her to ingest the micro-organisms that she needs from mud n such.
     
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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    No Epsom salt in bath water because if she drinks it , it can cause diarrhea it's also a laxative. Soft shell eggs happen sometimes so I doubt something that happened 3 months ago would be related to whats going on now. Once she is soaking and relaxing, feel her lower abdomen very gently if there is an egg you may be able to feel it. Sounds like she is on a good diet she may need some extra calcium though you could get some oyster shell and put it into a separate bowl[not with her feed] that way she'll only eat it when she needs it. You can also try putting her on some nice warm towels out of the dryer[make sure they aren't hot though] The warmth may help if it's an egg. it creates humidity. I've even read of putting them in a steamy bathroom and leaving them for a while. Any other symptoms is she eating, drinking?
     
  5. RubberDuckee

    RubberDuckee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!! She is eating some.... not the same vigor as usual. She's a noisy, boisterous personality, but today she won't "wak" back if I say her name. She hasn't been nagging me for food either with her usual "A-h! A-H! A-H!" She just looks not good...
    i just got her out of the tub. Shem did clearly enjoy it very much! I am going to put her back in shortly and I will try to feel her abdomen then. What should it feel like? I'm afraid I might squeeze too hard.
     
  6. RubberDuckee

    RubberDuckee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Drinking as normal
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Sometimes if they have an egg stuck you can gently move you hand along their belly[low] and feel it. hopefully by now she has laid it if that's what it is. Don't squeeze just run you hand gently down her lower belly.
     
  8. RubberDuckee

    RubberDuckee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She finally laid her egg this morning. It is perfect. However, she is not well. She almost acts like she has vertigo now. Tail still down. Stopped eating and drinking. I am at the vet right now. She has weird, green poop right in front of doc, so he's testing it. Jailbird still tries to do her "happy cackle" to say she loves us, but she can't get all the way to our feet to do it.

    Will let you know what the vet says.
     
  9. Miss Lydia

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    Could have more eggs backed up, relieved your able to take her to the vet. yes please keep us updated on what he says and what's going on. Be praying.
     
  10. RubberDuckee

    RubberDuckee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] [​IMG]It's Giardia! Must have deen drinking some bad water in a low lying spot yesterday morning and then the infection hit her hard and fast. She pooped super smelly, light green poo at the vet and he was able to test it. The vet gave Jailbird 2 meds. We have to keep her confined and at or around 80 degree temps. If she hasn't at least nibbled some food by tomorrow morning, the vet said to call his cell, bc Jailbird may need a stay in the hospital for fluids and food to prevent her from becoming too weak. The vet thinks that Jailbird is wobbling bc she is very week from the infection. Poor thing! Thanks for your prayers! She needs them.

    Hopefully others can read this thread and it may help them in case their ducks come down w something similar.
     
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