URGENT: Sick male duck

Pasqual

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Hello,
I have a male 1 y/o pekin duck who recently stopped knowing how to groom his left wing (I would assume it’s his neck because he opens his left wing but his head can’t turn enough to reach it). He recently started having foamy eyes which I have been rinsing with saline solution. He showers daily, has nutritional yeast added, and has ACV in his water daily. He also has bumblefoot which is being treated. Today, I have noticed he is acting strangely, less active (still eats well) and his bill and feet seem to be warm. I cannot know what’s wrong with him so any help will be so appreciated.:love

Question, should I start him on an antibiotic? If yes, which type specifically?

I can’t take him to a vet because there are no specialised in my area (I am in a developing country and he is a rescue duck).

sorry for the long post but I had to put details:th
 

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Hi Pasqual, afew more details that may help, what's his diet (what do you feed him with the added yeast) does his breathing sound any different? How many ducks and drakes do you have? And do you have photos or a video of him? Although it does sound like an illness to me, its all pieces of the puzzle. I don't have much experience with illness in ducks so will tag in some ducky friends that may know, or know who can help. @Miss Lydia @shawluvsbirds @Pyxis @WannaBeHillBilly
 

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Additional information on his condition and past history is needed to get a better handle on what might be his problem.

What is he being fed? How are his poops looking, do you have a picture? Is he able to walk around well? Performing a thorough external physical examination may help determine the problem.

https://www.merckvetmanual.com/exot...ltry/physical-examination-of-backyard-poultry

Could you post a video or a few pictures of the duck, and the Bumblefoot? To post a video, upload it to a video platform like Youtube or Vimeo, and copy/paste the link here.

Just judging from the symptoms you're describing, it sounds like he has an underlying problem that has been going on for a while that is causing some sort of inactivity, and decrease in hygiene practice.
 

Pasqual

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Hi Pasqual, afew more details that may help, what's his diet (what do you feed him with the added yeast) does his breathing sound any different? How many ducks and drakes do you have? And do you have photos or a video of him? Although it does sound like an illness to me, its all pieces of the puzzle. I don't have much experience with illness in ducks so will tag in some ducky friends that may know, or know who can help. @Miss Lydia @shawluvsbirds @Pyxis @WannaBeHillBilly
Thank you for your speedy reply!
He eats a mix of grains/pellets and grits (he is an indoor duck because as I said he was a rescue and we have no backyard). The grains are corn/peas/and many others that I bought from a feed store for farm animals.

he is alone (the house doesn’t fit others (especially to make the ratio correct). As for the photos, it’s now 5 am so the house is asleep, when morning comes I’ll upload. As for his breathing, it is normal and there is no discharge from the nose.
 

Pasqual

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How long has he been like this? if you can put up some pictures that would help.
:welcome
Only 3 weeks. I will upload them as soon as possible. I found this in my gallery. Notice how his left side seems bigger (and we’re his head starts). He is not able to put his beak behind his left wing (as I told you) so he just tries his best and I noticed he sticks to something e.g his cage/boxes/walls when he sleeps during the day
 

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Pasqual

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I would like to add that: when we got him he was a baby duckling with no one. He had broken leg and it took him 4 months until he started turning white and feathering. He was so much near death and we thought he wouldn’t make it but he surprised us all. He would pant all the time, couldn’t move, had extremely heavy breaths. This forum has been my source of information regarding how to raise him as we have no experience. Since 6 months, he hasn’t panted or had any problem. Because of the broken leg (and wing) and all his misfortune, he never actually turned white (he’s creamy colour) and his leg recently started sliding when he walks so we started adding nutritional yeast (we have no brewer yeast in here, it’s not permitted :) ). I am hesitant to start him on antibiotics without knowing it is an illness, but I can feel it ( with the mommy heart) that he’s not ok.
thank you everyone for your help with my baby:love
 

Pasqual

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Additional information on his condition and past history is needed to get a better handle on what might be his problem.

What is he being fed? How are his poops looking, do you have a picture? Is he able to walk around well? Performing a thorough external physical examination may help determine the problem.

https://www.merckvetmanual.com/exot...ltry/physical-examination-of-backyard-poultry

Could you post a video or a few pictures of the duck, and the Bumblefoot? To post a video, upload it to a video platform like Youtube or Vimeo, and copy/paste the link here.

Just judging from the symptoms you're describing, it sounds like he has an underlying problem that has been going on for a while that is causing some sort of inactivity, and decrease in hygiene practice.
His poop depends on his mood/how much water he drinks. usually it’s normal but today in the morning it was diarrhoea (very light brown and smelly) I link this type with him having fever from my past experience.
He doesn’t forage so no access to grass/sand. I am considering changing his food or mixing it with something else. I just found a feed store that has duck food that is in a decent package from a brand (the one I got is clearly a hand mix, but I assumed they know best as it’s a feed store)

I will post a video ASAP
 

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