Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Schluersburg, MO
HELP me save/befriend Cosmic Charlie
so i came across this forum and this particular thread when in search for a somewhat similiar question i have been asking myself for about a week now ...
mygirlfriend and i have recently moved into a very rural area and have decided tostart raising chickens and a few ducks. all went well for the first few weeks. we really started to take ownership of all the responsibilites we over-looked when initially taking on this new venture.
as we have spent time calling to them and interacting with the regularly (appro. 2 hours a day) to ensure they are not frightened of us and of humans in general. ... we both have family close with lots of young children who love to play and be around the new chickens and ducks.
all has worked well expect for two instances when the larger of the two ducks has had seizures when i approach him ( i think it is a male duck not for sure ) . both times the above description of the siezing duck fits almost perfectly except the dying part. he runs uncontrolled in circles often on his side with both wings fully streched and shaking and twitching, hed rolls back and forth like dead weight. usually ends up on his back thrusting around while he screams out. after about 45 seconds he begin to break from siezing and is very unbalanced and head rolls around. i picked him up the first time and started to pet his chest and speak softly. the next time i stayed clear , but had to pick him up and he ran into the corner of the coop and wedged himself into an odd spot between a support beam and the gate.
how, what, why me ?
he freaks out a bit when others try to pick him up but nothing out of the ordinary like the other duck or chickens.
but when it comes to my approaching him he goes crazy (literally)