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My Pekin duck is sick!

Posted by melaroma 6 (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 10, 10 at 0:38

We have six pet ducks and they all seem fine except for our Pekin, Jax. It started with her limping a little bit but when we checked her for injuries we couldn't see any. She lost a lot of weight but she was laying eggs and sitting on them so we thought that it was normal. We have since changed their food to a high protein one and she is back to her normal weight but she is still limping and her legs feel a tad hotter than the legs of the other ducks. She is also laying down a lot and panting slightly. Also she lost feathers on her wings which are a bit bony. I try to place her on the water twice a day so that it cools it off and takes the weight off but i dont know what else to do. What should I do to cure her? Should I give her antibiotics or sulfur? She is my baby and I don't want to loose her! Thank you.

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RE: My Pekin duck is sick!

It sounds like an injury to me. Time is the only cure. Antibiotics don't help injured tendons.

With an injured leg and loss of feathers on her wing, I'd guess that something grabbed her, thinking she'd make a nice dinner, and she got away.

If she is panting, it could be heat, or it could be pain. There is nothing you can give her as a pain killer. You are going to have to wait it out.

Make sure she has shade and water. If it gets really hot, maybe a sprinkler set really low for her to get under during the hottest part of the day. If her leg hurts, she doesn't want to swim. It you have a mist-er, that would work nicely.

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