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When do the quacks change? or a respiratory problem?(added video clip)

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Happyflower, May 20, 2010.

  1. Happyflower

    Happyflower Songster

    Jun 3, 2009
    My rescue duck is around 4 weeks old and is still making a peeping sound but sometimes I hear more of a honk. Could it be a respiratory problem or should I just relax? Because it was doing really well walking around, then I think it hurt his foot by trying to escape his cage a few days ago. The foot looks fine, no hot spots or anything. But now she doesn't want to walk around much and when she does, she falls on her back and can't get back up. Everything else is normal as far as I can tell. I am giving extra Niacin in her water and she isn't on medicated feed. But her feed is high protein (20%) but I added oats to it around 50% oats 50% feed.

    When my daughter wakes up I will try to get her to make a video so you can hear it.
    Last edited: May 20, 2010
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    It is the right age for the voice to change if it is a girl- So unless there are no other symptoms- I wouldnt wory to much about it being a respiratory infection at this stage. Certainly the foot is a concern though...especially if it is falling over and not being able to get up again by itself. Have you checked further up the leg for signs of injury, tenderness or swelling??
  3. Hattiegun

    Hattiegun Songster

    My girls started the Honking at that age... freaked me out the first time
    I heard it.. cracks me up.... peep peeep peeep HONK peep LOL LOL
  4. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Songster 9 Years

    Jul 15, 2009
    She is about the age when females start to get there voice. I wouldn't be worried about a respiratory infection.
  5. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Sounds like you got a little girl. Congrats! [​IMG]
  6. maralynn28

    maralynn28 Songster

    Mar 4, 2010
    Corpus Christi, TX
    Mine started even earlier but it wasn't as noticeable, I thought it was more of a snoring wheeze at first so I understand your concern. At 4 wks now, there is obvious voice changing going on!
  7. Happyflower

    Happyflower Songster

    Jun 3, 2009
    Yay! I have a girl! I am so thankful for this site! Here is a video

    She still shakes, but a lot less than when we first got her. I checked both legs and nothing looks odd, unless it is a hip problem. I guess it could be a hip if she tried to push through the holes in her cage when she tried to escape. She seems to be getting around better today and when she does fall, she is able to get herself back up. Before she escaped she was getting around really well, exploring all over, and not falling. I bought some electrolyte solution to try to see if that helps, I hope she will be alright.

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