I would be hugely grateful for some anecdotal help with my duck. We have 2 ducks (kahki Campbell and Swedish) and one drake that I hatched on Christmas eve.
They are kept in an enclosure with chickens (with a separate house that they are shut in at night time) and let out to forage most days. They have fresh water every day although it is filthy within minutes and are fed on corn, layers mash and sometimes rice or pasta with veg.
One of the ducks seemed unwell a few days ago - isolated from the other ducks (seemingly voluntarily), slightly laboured breathing (heaving sides), slow (not staggering) and ponderous. Just very off-colour. We took her to the vet who was slightly bewildered (not a duck expert) but took a stool sample which had a tiny bit of blood and seemed concerned about her breathing.
The vet gave her an antibiotic injection and a vitamin b injection and told us she was hugely under-weight. Since we brought her home she has improved a lot despite a fairly negative prognosis and is now quacking and joining in with the flock. She is drinking a lot but still not eating a huge amount and her droppings are very runny with no White in them (but it seems no blood either).
I am just not sure what our next move should be. Do we just observe her? I am worried that she might just starve to death. She really is very perky now and a different duck in terms of her behaviour, but I don't wakened to suffer and am not quite sure what to watch out for. Should we change her diet? I am about to go foraging for some slugs for her!
Any advice or similar experiences gratefully received! Thanks very much.