What caused them to die?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by QueenandKing12, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. QueenandKing12

    QueenandKing12 New Egg

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    I had 9 baby muscovies and they all died. They were born healthy and after 1 week after hatching, one died, then another,another..
    I saw 4 die, not able to do anything. They are not exactly mine, they are wild. People fed them bread, I fed them vegetables, and ooatmeal. When they die they push themselves back in an arched position and they would shake a little, and strech their legs alot, and they would move their heads left to right ( if you held them while they were dying). They also pooped. It looked like epillepsy then at last they died. If you know what could have been the cause please tell me [​IMG]

    Natalia
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Where was the mother? I am so sorry this happened. People don't realize how important it is to leave ducklings alone in the wild bread could not give them the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. I haven't any idea what could have killed them though. Do you think anyone would poison them? again so sorry you had to go through this, [​IMG]
     
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh goodness, i am sorry. I have no idea but if they were wild who knows what could have occurred. I agree with ML, where was the mother duck?
     
  4. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How sad! Recently, one of my favorite mother ducks lost all 7 of her ducklings within two days when they were all about 10-12 days old. They were all fine and evading predators, etc very well, but then they were sick and died.

    In my case, I think the culprit was mostly a drastic change in the weather. The ducklings had lived their entire lives in very hot weather and they still wanted to be brooded by mom despite the heat. The temperature then dropped about 20+ degrees in just a few hours and stayed that way for a few days. Immediately, the ducklings began acting sick. Two died the first night, a third one was acting very hypothermic, swimming in circles, standing funny, and acting like it couldn't see. But, after it had warmed up a little, he was fine. But, the next day, he was gone. They day after that, there was only one left and he wasn't looking good. Mom abandoned him, but came back and comforted him. He did not want to eat and was acting strange.

    The ducklings did eat some bread, but not a whole lot as their mom was a good mama and took them to get real food most of the time. She had raised several extremely healthy broods at that lake with much success. So, I don't think bread was the cause. Also, I know that ducklings can get sick all at once with things that won't affect the adults as much.

    Just wanted to give a little insight.
     
  5. Queenandking13

    Queenandking13 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! its me this is my old account, I couldn't get my password back. But its me Natalia. The mom had no idea what was going on with them, they just died one by one [​IMG]
     
  6. Queenandking13

    Queenandking13 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! its me this is my old account, I couldn't get my password back. But its me Natalia. Do you think it could have been genetic defects?[​IMG]
     
  7. Queenandking13

    Queenandking13 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! its me this is my old account, I couldn't get my password back. But its me Natalia. The mom was with them the whole time. When she saw there was only 4 left she didn't care much about them anymore. [​IMG]
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Have any other ducks or ducklings died? you never know someone could have put poison out. So sorry.
     
  9. ransom

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    Bread is the ducks worst enemy. It will poison them. It takes about 3 days and they will die from it. People think feeding ducks bread is okay but its not. Sorry you had to wittness this.
     
  10. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not convinced bread was the cause unless it was moldy or the only thing they were eating. Most wild park ducklings eat a variety of food and most eat at least a little bread or junk food on most days and do OK.

    Bread as the main food source is bad, especially long term, but it's not usually the cause of death with wild ducklings, I feel.
     
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