Our duck that was acting sickly died Wednesday night. We couldn't figure out what was wrong with her. She was my daughters duck and she had named her Disco. She was a Buff duck about 3 years old. She was acting fine and suddenly started sitting around a lot which just progressed to her staying inside their hut the last few days. Not sure if she ate something that didn't agree with her or what happened, the picture was taken about two weeks ago and then she was fine. So far all the other ducks are acting normally.
I hoped your daughter doesn't take the loss to bad. It is really hard on children. I am so sorry ;-)
I lost 3 chickens last month. Little One egg bound, then my precious Little Man grieved himself over her. I tried all I could to help him. Even giving him grow gel but when you can feel the keel bone it is usually to late. I should have paid attention to him when little one died. Thought Little Mom would keep him happy but she is tending araucana babies she hatched. And lost a Araucana for unknown reasons. Then I put down 2 Roo's who decided to beat up Patches. It is so hard when they are pets
Sounds like you had a lot of losses Donna. Funny how chickens can grieve, and people say animals have no feelings. We have a big roo that grieves whenever a hen dies. He even did it for a hen that was in a pen next to his, he saw her dead and that was all it took. It has happened about 3 or 4 times and he acts the same each time so we know he is grieving. We thought maybe he acted more human since we hatched him under a light in the house and for the first week of his life he had just us till the other chicks hatched. He would follow me around and sit at my feet (on a tile floor of course), We had a hard time keeping him in his box because he wanted to be with us. Sounds like your Little Man had a big heart for his Little One.
Thanks Smedge. The sad thing is I really need to put down more of the roo's. I just can't make myself do it. They have never squabbled until this past week and it is only in the 1 pen of them. I guess that is because they are all the younger ones coming of age. I was trying to down size my pens to have to keep up with the health issues I am dealing with. I reset up another pen and put Patches and 2 hens in it and will probably put a couple more that I want him to breed with trying to improve my flock