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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:21 pm 
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Over the last couple of days I have noticed that the keel of one of my ducks has gotton larger and sticks out a lot however either side of it is very sucken in, not rounded like my other ducks. She has not started laying yet but is due to soon. Is this normal or should I be worried?


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I don't know if this helps but the first pic was of my duck about a week ago and the second is of her now. I don't know if it is obvious but she seems to have lost lots of weight.


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maybe pick her up and see if you can feel the breast bone really easily.


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Yes it is sticky out quite a bit. What causes a duck to lose weight so suddenly?


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Hi stutzygirl,

I know nothing about ducks, but losing a lot of wieght is not good news. It could be as simple as having a really heavy load of worms (do you worm them regularly?) or be as bad as cancer. With no more symptoms to go on it is impossible to say, but if it was mine I'd start by isolating it and worming the whole flock (unless you are sure they have been done recently). People who know about ducks are going to need a whole lot more information to have any chance of making a diagnosis. What are they fed? How old? How are the others? What are the droppings like? does the duck seem normal and perky, or withdrawn and listless? Do they have access to any poisons or green water? And heaps more questions! So write down everything you can think of about this duck and the rest of the flock, and hopefully someone will be able to help.

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NellyG wrote:
Hi stutzygirl,

I know nothing about ducks, but losing a lot of wieght is not good news. It could be as simple as having a really heavy load of worms (do you worm them regularly?) or be as bad as cancer. With no more symptoms to go on it is impossible to say, but if it was mine I'd start by isolating it and worming the whole flock (unless you are sure they have been done recently). People who know about ducks are going to need a whole lot more information to have any chance of making a diagnosis. What are they fed? How old? How are the others? What are the droppings like? does the duck seem normal and perky, or withdrawn and listless? Do they have access to any poisons or green water? And heaps more questions! So write down everything you can think of about this duck and the rest of the flock, and hopefully someone will be able to help.

NellyG


I will try worming her this weekend but my other ducks are fine and all droppings look normal. She is bright and perky and eating fine (she is fed layers mash, duck mash and fresh salad). I am just wondering if maybe she is egg bound as she is due to start laying soon. Was watching her today and noticed that the bottom of her keel droops and swings from side to side as she walks.


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