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GentleOtter Wed 13-Aug-08 10:59:38

Last night a rat tunnelled into the duck run and has badly bitten my little female duck on the top of her wing.
I have carefully washed the bitten area with water and have put her into the 'hospital' shed with her drake. We are really upset and wonder if anyone else has had this happen and did their duck (or any other poultry) survive?

What type of antibiotic would be suitable for her?

LilRedWG Wed 13-Aug-08 11:03:21

Many years ago we had a duck scared by a fox (which killed one of her friends ). Unfortunately, although not physically hurt herself, she died of shock. Keep an eye on her beak - if it starts to drain of colour it can be a sign of shock (in the same way we go pale).

It may not actually be best to take her to the vet as this may traumatise her more, so maybe give your vet a call and see what he says. He may say take her in or he may do a home visit.

I hope she is okay.

FromGirders Wed 13-Aug-08 11:04:11

Ooh, how awful. Would the vet be able to advise over the phone?
(ps, did you ever get the corset? Agent Provocateur have a sale on at the mo . . .?)
Sending healing vibes to your duck.

TheDuchessOfNorksBride Wed 13-Aug-08 11:11:49

I'd give the wound a puff of wound powder or a spritz of purple spray just to help fight any infection. Keep her safe and calm. I don't think poultry find rats quite as scary as foxes so with luck she won't suffer shock.

My local garden centre sells panels of that hard wired mesh (that rats can't chew through), it's about £5 a sheet but it will only need one or two nailed/stapled onto the bottom of the duck house to rat-proof it. I've used it on my rabbit hutch 'broody coop' and not even the badgers got in.

LilRedWG Wed 13-Aug-08 11:12:56

Sorry - I realised I may have worried the OP even more - it really wasn't my intention. blush

GentleOtter Wed 13-Aug-08 14:33:38

She is resting now and the drake is protecting her. I puffed her wing but the rat has gnawed right through to the (exposed) bone. Am off to get the mesh and also have poured poison down the ratholes.

FromGirders - I never did get the corset as I'm quite 'ample in girth' and I thought that unleashing the bosom from a vampy corset may prove too much for DH. If you tie a potato sack tightly round a bale of hay, you get a rough idea...wink
Good sale though.

FromGirders Wed 13-Aug-08 14:59:29

What a nice drake he sounds (no experience of ducks here at all!). Hope she'll be ok.

Oh, to have a bosom big enough to "unleash"!

LilRedWG Thu 14-Aug-08 09:48:41

How is she this morning GO?

GentleOtter Thu 14-Aug-08 12:24:44

She seems to be hanging in there LilRedWG but we are going to chance it and take her in to the vet (with her drake) to see if they can help her with the pain and some antibiotics.
She kept flopping over on to her back so I've propped her up gently with a small heap of straw.
She is such a sweet little duck - we have no idea what kind she is and her drake is really brave trying to protect her. He will not leave her side.sad

LilRedWG Thu 14-Aug-08 14:34:04

Oh bless them - they sound gorgeous. I hope the vet can make her feel lots better soon. I think taking her drake with her is a good idea. Keep us updated.

GentleOtter Thu 14-Aug-08 19:10:54

Dh took her to the vet but sadly she had to be put down. The rat bite had pierced the bone and it was infected. The rat had also bitten her neck.
The drake is in beside the guinea pig for company but he is really quiet.
We buried her under the Rowan tree and everyone is tearful.sad

LilRedWG Thu 14-Aug-08 19:19:14

Oh Otter, I am so so sorry. I think that people underestimate how affectionate and funny ducks can be. Our duck used to run to meet me at the back gate and put her beak on the floor and tail in the air for me to stroke her.

Good idea to give the drake company.

GentleOtter Thu 14-Aug-08 19:26:01

Is it true that they mate for life? He is looking for her and doing little noises and it is breaking my heart.
I could trace the seller (from the Poultry Society) and try to get another duck for him - it is so sad that such a lovely little creature met such a horrid death.

Haggis, the world's fattest guinea pig is delighted with the company and I'm now thinking of getting a lady pig for him. Loneliness is awful. <maudlin emoticon>

LilRedWG Thu 14-Aug-08 19:38:15

We already had another pair of duck as company for her mate and never tried replacing her, sorry I can't advise more. The Poultry Society should be able to help you there.

Sorry.

GentleOtter Thu 14-Aug-08 22:53:15

Thanks LilRedWG.smile
We still have Bob the mystery Muscovy duck who just appeared at the farm one day. She sat on a nest of eggs for months but now enjoys following us about.
Goodness knows where she came from as we are miles from anyone or anywhere.

The guinea pig and the drake seemed to get on quite well together and if it is nice tomorrow, Haggis can go back outside.
It would be nice if we could find another little duck for the drake though.

LilRedWG Fri 15-Aug-08 08:31:13

Ooo - your farm sounds lovely - can I come and live there please? wink

handlemecarefully Wed 27-Aug-08 01:00:41

Oh no GentleOtter sad

BloodySmartarse Wed 27-Aug-08 09:35:59

oh that sounds horrid.

duchess, if i ask for hard wired mesh that rats cant chew through at the builders merchants or garden centre, will they look at me like im mad? more to the point, will they know what i want and sell me some, you think?

BloodySmartarse Wed 27-Aug-08 09:36:40

the ducks sound SO sweet. sad

TheDuchessOfNork Wed 27-Aug-08 19:35:19

smartarse - both builders merchants and garden centre should know what you mean and stock it. At our nearest garden centre it comes in fairly small sheets, which are about £4 each - ie. when I made an 8ft x 3ft run for my broody coop it cost about £40.

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