We lost one. Devastated. Suggestions. Advice?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by newtoducks88, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. newtoducks88

    newtoducks88 In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2016
    Our biggest pekin, tweety, was up and quacking this morning. My wife went to check on the lot of them and tweety was passed away under the ramp to their house. No obvious sign of trauma (no bites, no blood, etc) I don't know how this could've happened?! We give them fresh feed and water to drink daily. We change their swimming water daily. We check on them and interact with them multiple times a day. I just don't get it. He was fine, quacking away this morning when I went to tell them good morning. I don't get it. We would treat them to night crawlers and that's what my wife went out to do. I am devastated.

    Also it should be known tweety was less than 6 months old. Probably close to 8-10 weeks old. I'm just at a loss. We have 4 more so if you have any suggestions on what may have happened or what to look for so we can avoid this again. Please feel free to leave that advice.


  2. adroit14

    adroit14 Chirping

    Apr 7, 2015
    Sudden death can be common sometimes, do you think you think it could of been because of an infectious disease/parasite? Duck tend to hind an illness until it get serious. Was he acting weird before? I am also sorry for your loss. Losing a beloved pet can be very hard.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2016
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England

    Story's Guide lists a number of causes of sudden death, including stroke and heart attack.

    But there is this thread - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/217284/sudden-death-in-ducks-more-dead

    Are there black flies around your place? It's more of a problem with ducklings who are not fully feathered, so I am not sure how likely this is for you.

    Also, sometimes there are congenital problems that do not show up until they get a little older.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2016

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