why are my ducks dying???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by brett hatton, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. brett hatton

    brett hatton New Egg

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    I had 2 appleyard ducks,2 Aylesbury ducks & a drake-i have had an appleyard go off her legs for some reason & die, & now i have an aylesbury duck go off her legs-im hoping shes not going to die!
    They are all roughly the same age,a couple of years old,but why have they gone off their legs ??? any ideas anyone? What could it be? Hip problem?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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  3. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It could be a vitamin deficiency. Try giving them powdered vitamins from the feed store in their water for a week and see. Also some meat breed ducks die of heart attacks as they get older. A couple years could be considered "old" for a meat duck, both of which Alyesbury and Appeared fall under.
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Welcome to BYC and sorry for your loss. [​IMG]If you live in the US many States offer free or low cost necropsy services.

    Some labs listed by State:
    http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahln/downloads/all_nahln_lab_list.pdf

    How to send fro necropsy:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/799747/how-to-send-a-bird-for-a-necropsy-pictures

    -Kathy
     
  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    What are you feeding them? Do you have any stray/feral cats around?
     
  6. brett hatton

    brett hatton New Egg

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    No we don't have any stray or feral cats around. we do have crows & Gulls that come for food though.
    The 2nd duck that has fell ill seems to have recovered,but then so did the other one before she died...........!
    Im pretty sure it is their hips as they are quite fat-my fault probably as we run a restaurant, so they have all the leftovers!!!
     
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    What do you consider fat? Do you know about how much they weigh?

    It's probably not their weight. What are you feeding them?
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Two things I can think of that could make a duck not want to walk are bumble foot, which they could die from if not treated and gout. Gout could very well kill them. Do a search for visceral gout in poultry.

    -Kathy
     

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