Whats Wrong with My Duck Dart

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by okpat, Sep 22, 2018.

  1. okpat

    okpat Hatching

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    New here and I need your help. A week ago my wife noticed the biggest duck in our flock. Tucking his head close to his breast. I didn't think anything about it until today. I noticed he wasn't eating today. When I was giving our chickens and ducks a treat of meal worms. He acts like something is wrong with his neck. As the day progressed he became uneasy on his feet. Very lethargic. So tonight my wife and I caught him and moved him to a brooder box. We gave him Durvet Vitamins and Electrolytes several syringes. Now he keeps opening and closing his mouth like he is either choking or having issues breathing. Please see video
     
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  2. Jpat

    Jpat Crowing

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    That is struggling to breath i think hes inhaling and exhaling fast, i would realy try to keep him calm. is his bill and feet changing color?

    If it was a person ide say am asthma attack. Hopefully someone more experienced will show up!
     
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  3. okpat

    okpat Hatching

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    Last night when I left him he was laying his head all the way down. This morning he has his head up but doing the same thing he was lastnight.
     
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  4. littlepip

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    he may be choking. see if you can look inside his throat. did you feed him anything irregular? if his bill/feet start getting blue or purple, you should get a vet to look at him. he may be lethargic due to the fact that he cannot breathe well. keep him far away from the other ducks, in case he is sick. hope this helps! get a vet in there ASAP.
     
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  5. okpat

    okpat Hatching

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    Nothing I can see down his throat. He will drink out of a syringe. No vet around here I know of that will take a look at him. I am at a loss. His feet and bill are normal color. Although last night his feet were hot. I don't know if that's normal or not.
     
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  6. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Do you provide Grit?...Could be disease or could be something simple?...
     
  7. okpat

    okpat Hatching

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    Ground corn and free range during the day. Have not provided grit.
     
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  8. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Hmm?..If he free ranges he should find his own Grit.
    Swallowed something foreign?..
     
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  9. littlepip

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    prod around in his neck area, and see his reaction. if there's a certain spot that he appears to be in pain in, check under the feathers, and see if he has injured himself. (bruises, scrapes, discoloration of the skin, etc.) sometimes ducks will act strangely when in pain, even if the injury is minor. if he's "unresponsive" and doesn't quack or flinch when touching or holding him, you may need to check around some more. (feel for air coming from his nose/mouth, feel chest for heart rate, etc.) don't feed him anything for a while, to make sure he cannot choke. after you try some of this out, keep us updated on his behavior. if you see anything else, pls send pics. :highfive:
     
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  10. littlepip

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    also, is he always gasping for air, or does he stop every now and then?
     
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