URGENT - Duckling breathing hard, won't eat or drink

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckman4450, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. duckman4450

    duckman4450 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got new ducks today and one of them was very small. They were sleeping for 5 hours so I woke them up to go outside in the warm weather and have a warm swim. They did fine but now the small one looks really bad. She is breathing very hard and deeply and is sleeping through the other ducks loud peeping like it is dead silent. Her mouth was open when breathing but it is now close. She was trying to peep earlier but could barely make any noise at all. Now she is just expelling air from her nostrils. I dipped her beak in water, and then she started making a weird sound like she is full of water. I dipped her beak in the food and she practically slept right through it. When she is awake her head twitches to the side and she stumbles very bad when she walks (as seen in the video). She is now sleeping, still breathing hard, but not making noise. She is a mallard and is only 2 days old. The other duck is fine. What should I do?! I am extremely worried. [​IMG]

    In the video I show you the other duck to compare them and show that she is fine

    EDIT: She now moved out of the light. Her eyes are half closed and she is still breathing very hard. She is not responding to anything including voice and poking. Her head is limp and she won't respond to movement
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2013
  2. Madbirdlady

    Madbirdlady New Egg

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    oh no i hope she will be ok... im no help at all.. xx keep us posted pls
     
  3. duckman4450

    duckman4450 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sadly she passed about 10 minutes ago, but thanks so much for your concern
     
  4. wafflechicken

    wafflechicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh I'm so sorry, that's very hard.

    At the risk of being insensitively pragmatic - if you have other birds, since one of these died, make certain you isolate the rest from these new ducks for at least a month. Make sureyou wash your hands and any clothes they come into contact with before you approach the rest of your flock. Don't forget your shoes if they;'re not in a bin.

    Sorry if you know this, better for me to tell you something you already know than risk it if you don't.

    Again, I'm sorry for the loss of your 'ling. I hope the rest are robust for you.

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  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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  6. duckman4450

    duckman4450 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you very much, I did everything you said. The duck was just so small and was suffering and was excruciating to watch her pass like she did. I think what happened happened for a reason. Luckily she was 1 of just 2 ducks I had, so it was easy to get her isolated. Fortunately, she only had to sleep alone 1 night. Earlier today I got her a new friend and they are getting along great.


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    Next to their favorite turtle!
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    Last edited: Aug 23, 2013
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    How sweet, that's great you were able to find another duckling so fast... Hope they both grow into beautiful healthy ducks.
     

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