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WH duck not acting right, please help!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Vyctoria, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. Vyctoria

    Vyctoria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 16 week old Welsh Harlequin hen that suddenly started acting odd today. I came home from work to find her in the corner of the pen, laying down by herself. When I entered she got up and came over, but much slower and kept away from the others. I checked her over and can't see anything externally wrong, but she is heaving slightly. It's hard to tell, but if I watch her close enough, she keeps opening her mouth and straining lightly, like she's trying to poop. My father said that she had kept away from the others throughout the day today. I noticed her drinking a little, but she seems lethargic. I fear she may have a blockage or something, but I'm not sure what to do.

    I actually work at a vet's office, but I'm not entirely sure if they'd actually be willing to see her. I almost feel silly asking. And I know I need to do something in the meantime. I've read of giving warm baths. Would that help? I'm also having a hard time figuring out if I can give her anything orally, like oil to help her pass it, if there is anything. :/

    Oh, and I did just switch them over to an All Flock pelleted food a couple days ago. I was worried about this too, because they've always been on crumbles. I'm hoping that didn't cause an issue, but all of the others seem completely normal. They have been eating very fast lately though, like I'm starving them or something. They're all overweight though, so I've been trying to cut back.
     
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  2. Bills vs Beaks

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    My first guess is impacted crop... is her crop area hard?
    @[email protected] Lydia?
     
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  3. Vyctoria

    Vyctoria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I have her soaking in a warm bath right now. She's pooped a few times now, all seemed relatively normal, but there was a bit of white to it. Still seems to be breathing heavy and gasping on and off though.
     
  4. Bills vs Beaks

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    Bit of white sounds normal to me...my ducklings did it.
    Is she drinking?
     
  5. Vyctoria

    Vyctoria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not that I can tell, but I'm not as familiar with feeling around for stuff. Unfortunantly still pretty new to ducks. Doesn't feel hard though. I was trying to massage down there to feel around. Nothing seems off.

    Ha, I'm so slow. Yeah, she is drinking some.
     
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  6. Bills vs Beaks

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    K separate her from the others until you know if it's not contagious
     
  7. Bills vs Beaks

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    I would suggest wetting the feed so it's preswelled up
    Are they outside or still inside? Is it possible she ate something?
     
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  8. Vyctoria

    Vyctoria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've already put them in for the night. They don't have access to anything that I know of. I don't free range, so unless something odd got into the pen I don't think she could have.

    I went ahead and let her sit in the tub for a while. She pooped about 4 times, all fairly normal except for the last time being pretty runny, but she was freaking out a bit because I had drained the water and was trying to pick her up lol. She doesn't seem to be straining so much and she did start quacking a tiny bit(wasn't making a sound earlier), as well as preening some. She still just seems to be gasping a bit. I can't always hear it, but I see her opening her mouth a pinch on and off.

    I put some probiotics in their water because I figure it can't hurt, but I wish I had some electrolytes. I'll need to start keeping them on hand. Thinking about getting some antibiotics for her tomorrow. Not so sure if this is respiratory, intestinal, or something totally different.
     
  9. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Ducks need water at all times if food is out......Sometimes watermelon can get things dislodged if feed became to dry.......


    Cheers!
     
  10. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gasping can be a sign of asper (or other respiratory issues). Honestly, I would ask at your work if anyone has experience with birds and see if they'll take a look at her. Do you hear any crackling if you listen to her breathing right up to your ear? Do you have a stethoscope so you can listen to her lungs?
     

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