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Duck Epidemic. Duck Botulism?

December 28, 2019

this right here so freakin sad most of
the Ducks are too weak be able to move them in the duck tractor and look at
this guy who’s one of the weaker ones in there even get out oh great to top it
all off there’s a dang deer eating my trees go get out of there of course
Adira leave my trees at this moment in time the Ducks are still not doing good
another one died while I was at the store
Allison actually saw it have a seizure turn in the fence on for the night given the seizure that Alison saw
earlier tonight and given all the other symptoms that they’ve had I think we’re
starting an error on what this mystery illness is we think it’s duck botulism duck botulism apparently a
bacterial infection that comes from a bacteria it’s usually found in the soil
and you know it’s not necessarily contagious it spreads pretty quickly
because it’s an environmental thing so they’re all in the same spot so we’re
all likely to get it there’s not much to do about it
it happens in moist soil and they’ve definitely been keeping their soil moist
even though we’ve been moving them once a day on the pasture that what ground
does get pretty moist particularly around their waterers where they’re
splashing and making a mess so again thank you guys are seeing a theme in
these videos it always seems to come back down into the water with the Ducks
yeah so duck botulism this is a bucket of dead ducks so it’s
now been four days since the first duck died and I’ve lost a total of I think nine ducts there’s still a
couple that are looking sicker and weaker but they’re looking decent like
they might pull through I’m really hoping this is like the start of the
recovery period but none of the ducts look great and this is just bad when I
got home from work tonight I actually saw one of the ducts have a seizure
myself and and I shortly thereafter put it down and then I I took another one
that was you know pretty much on the verge and couldn’t even stand up and
walk it was sort of wobbly I couldn’t like even support its own weight on its
legs and I put that one down too just to get it out of its misery I feel like my
grand visions of having ducts wander the pasture and and graze for insects and
pests and you know to have 40 of them my ambition got way ahead of my abilities
and these poor creatures are dying I feel like to a certain extent because of
me it’s not the way it’s supposed to be and I feel really awful about it the
only thing I can do is try to be better for those other ducks


  • Reply Rocks Corner July 26, 2018 at 11:37 am

    I'm so sorry to hear about your ducks. My heart goes out to you and your family. It's always heart breaking to have any losses. I certainly hope you have a few that will stick it out and beat this thing. And I hope you learn from whatever mistakes you think your making.
    I'll say a little prayer for ya'll.

  • Reply Stoney Creek Heritage Farm July 26, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Sorry for your losses. Hope you get the epidemic under control quickly.

  • Reply David M. Rinaldi July 26, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Sorry man. Serious bummer. Sending love. Hope it turns around soon.

  • Reply Teal House Farm July 26, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Sorry to hear about this Morgan. Don’t let it get you down. I think everyone that raises animals goes through something like this at some point. Hang in there and keep up the hard work. You’ll learn and grow from it!!

  • Reply Whozodiac July 26, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    I'm sending hugs to you and Allison

  • Reply Zia Butterfield July 26, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    I'm so sorry you guys!

  • Reply Almost Homestead July 27, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    That’s a tough loss. Hope it gets better.

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  • Reply Pandi 04 December 10, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    I know it's upsetting and hard to accept. But I just want to say thank you for sharing it with all of the viewers because experience isn't just about the good it's also the bad and those watching that want to start taking care of their own animals will understand the importance of proper care.
    Also thank you for putting the ones that died in the woods and not just throughing them away in a plastic bag. At least in the woods they can decompose, contribute to the ecosystem and feed other organisms.

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