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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My cayuga duck suddenly cannot walk and has bright poop. she

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my cayuga duck suddenly cannot walk and has bright green poop. she stumbles and
her feet kind of go out behind her.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner and I regret that too many ducks are lost once they become so paretic (weak) and ataxic ("drunken sailor"). This can arise secondary to overall weakness such as is seen with profound anemia but also to both sepsis (spread of infection) and toxins.
While green feces is associated with some specific infections such as duck plague (herpesvirus), it's more commonly associated with a change in motility of the gastrointestinal tract secondary to illness; in other words, how ingested greens are processed. Riemerella anatipestifer (also known as Pasteurella anatipestifer) infection, avian cholera, and colibacillosis are other infections of note and aflatoxin poisoning, botulism, insecticide and rodenticide poisoning round out the toxins we're concerned with.
Pragmatically speaking, presumptive therapy with Baytril is sensible and force feeding by tube should be considered as well. It would be best to have an avian-oriented vet (please see here: www.aav.org) take a look at Venus. I understand, however, that it's best to approach the diagnostic process with a clear sense of Venus's financial value to your operation. Although some services such as your county animal disease diagnostic laboratory might be available free of charge through a county agency or land-grant extension office, the expense of some diagnostic tests and treatments can add up quickly. While it’s always worth your time and money to identify a bacterial or viral infection that could potentially impact more than one member of the flock, this might not be the case with a condition that only affects one hen.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your good help
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue and so would appreciate your returning to our conversation with an update - even after rating - at a time of your choosing.

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