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what is white foam found on muscovoy ducks eye

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jayne horton

Buffalo, NY

#1 Mar 1, 2010
I saw these weird duck/geese and discovered they are muscovoy ducks. On close examination, some of them had white foamy bubbles cover some or all of their eyes. Is this something to be concerned about since they use a small lake near us. We are allowed to fish and I am concerned about the safety of fish.
Lacy

Mount Juliet, TN

#2 Mar 11, 2010
The same thing is on my pet Muscovy's eyes! I can't figure it out. My mom thinks it's normal because it appeared on my other ducks eyes a LONG time ago and they've been fine, but I'm not sure she knows what she's talking about so I've been trying to research it.
jayne horton

Buffalo, NY

#3 Mar 12, 2010
Lacy wrote:
The same thing is on my pet Muscovy's eyes! I can't figure it out. My mom thinks it's normal because it appeared on my other ducks eyes a LONG time ago and they've been fine, but I'm not sure she knows what she's talking about so I've been trying to research it.
The ones I have seen are in a pond in a park in Madisonville,TN so, it might be a local thing. I think someone should be investigating it, don't you?
Jamie

Riverside, IL

#4 May 17, 2010
I have a domestic duck with the same white foam (looks like spit almost). I have not been given an answer either (not even from vets who claim to be exotics vets). If anybody knows please post the answer. I am interested in a home remedy if this is an illness.
loretta

Plano, TX

#5 Jun 3, 2010
I read that it is a infection. Make sure they have clean water to drink and clean the eye and it will clear up
Adam

Slough, UK

#6 Jul 29, 2010
Possibly conjunctivitis caused by bacteria in water, ducks need access to clean water to wash their eyes.
Vet can prescribe antibiotic eye drops chloramphenicol or similar to clear it up in domestic ducks.
Marcie

Auckland, New Zealand

#7 Sep 16, 2010
I have 2 female ducks and 3 male ducks. I found yesterday that both the females had what is described as foam or tiny bubbles coming from their eyes, they would shake their heads to flick the foam from their eyes. The males are unaffected. I waited until dusk and caught both the females. Upon better examination when I wiped their eyes they looked healthy with no other symptoms. I decided it must be a sex thing being that the males were not affected. I later got on line and read that when a duck damages its eye a protective foam is produced.. But how can all 4 eyes (2 ducks) have become damaged at once. Then i thought what could damage their eyes...females only.... then i clicked! its spring here....Mating season..and they certainly are doing the wild thing..often and not one at a time, all three males will hold down a female with one always on top and the other 2 in on the act. If you have ever watched ducks mate you will know it is quite brutal, he gets on top, holds on to (with his beak) the feathers above her head/neck while he performs. Now when you have all three males trying to all do that there leaves little room for all three to hold onto, coming in from all sided they end up getting the side of her face poking into her eyes...hence the damaged eyes on both sides!! And as they perform sometimes 4 or 5 times a day for minutes at a time you can imagine this can cause a fair amount of damage to the female. Anyway i believe this is what has caused my females to produce the foam and last night after i looked closer at them i put them in a cage away from the males and so far one has already stopped producing the foam and the other is only slightly foamy still. So if you are experiencing issues with foaming eyes consider the sex of your duck, is it a female? is it both or one eye? Is the foam coloured white and when wiped away the eye seems pretty much healthy? Do your males over populate the females, giving them a hard time? remember they recommend 4/5 males per 1 female. Is it breeding season? if these all match up then you may have the same problem as i do. In which case look after your females! Remove them or remove some of the males. Will keep you posted.
miccy

Sydney, Australia

#8 Nov 30, 2010
i have three ducks and one of them appears to have a eye infection. the feathers have fallen off the eye area and now clear bubbles are foaming out of her eyes! what should i do? i was thinking i should wash out her eyes with lukewarm water in an eye dropper - is that right?
please tell me asap!
Jkes

Cook, MN

#9 Mar 26, 2011
I have 5 rouehn ducks and three white Chinese geese and two of the geese have foam coming out of an eye. My guess is it's from the mating. The rouehn ducks are very territorial during the breeding season and peck at the white geese..causing the foaming eyes
Doctor ABC

Perth, Australia

#10 Feb 5, 2012
Just dab the duck's eyes with a saline solution or salty water with a tissue or cotton bud. At some point the white infection will begin to lift and it will be possible to gently swipe it off while you wipe the eye. It takes sometimes a couple of days. Or alternatively provide clean water deep enough for the duck to dunk and wash it's head. It should eventually clear, but if not, the duck may become permanently blind. If these solutions do not work seek vet assistance.
joe79bronco

Huntington, WV

#11 Mar 12, 2012
From the little research I did I found the Foamy Eye is caused by an upper respiratory infection or a blocked tear duck. Use antibiotics for the respiratory infection, A saline wash for the tear duct.
just ducky

Vancouver, Canada

#12 Nov 26, 2012
The ratio of 1 male to about 3 or 4 females is more healthy. Your 2 females could be seriously harmed by too much action from all 3 males. Could even result in death or blindness. Check into it and see you had the ratio backwards. Just looking out for our barnyard buddies
Marcie wrote:
I have 2 female ducks and 3 male ducks. I found yesterday that both the females had what is described as foam or tiny bubbles coming from their eyes, they would shake their heads to flick the foam from their eyes. The males are unaffected. I waited until dusk and caught both the females. Upon better examination when I wiped their eyes they looked healthy with no other symptoms. I decided it must be a sex thing being that the males were not affected. I later got on line and read that when a duck damages its eye a protective foam is produced.. But how can all 4 eyes (2 ducks) have become damaged at once. Then i thought what could damage their eyes...females only.... then i clicked! its spring here....Mating season..and they certainly are doing the wild thing..often and not one at a time, all three males will hold down a female with one always on top and the other 2 in on the act. If you have ever watched ducks mate you will know it is quite brutal, he gets on top, holds on to (with his beak) the feathers above her head/neck while he performs. Now when you have all three males trying to all do that there leaves little room for all three to hold onto, coming in from all sided they end up getting the side of her face poking into her eyes...hence the damaged eyes on both sides!! And as they perform sometimes 4 or 5 times a day for minutes at a time you can imagine this can cause a fair amount of damage to the female. Anyway i believe this is what has caused my females to produce the foam and last night after i looked closer at them i put them in a cage away from the males and so far one has already stopped producing the foam and the other is only slightly foamy still. So if you are experiencing issues with foaming eyes consider the sex of your duck, is it a female? is it both or one eye? Is the foam coloured white and when wiped away the eye seems pretty much healthy? Do your males over populate the females, giving them a hard time? remember they recommend 4/5 males per 1 female. Is it breeding season? if these all match up then you may have the same problem as i do. In which case look after your females! Remove them or remove some of the males. Will keep you posted.
Linz

Providence, RI

#13 Feb 26, 2013
I was just reading through this bog as one of my ducks has the same issue..I have three males - no females (didnt plan it that way, just got three straightrun ducks, and they all turned out to be male), and I think 2 of them have been attacking the third (raping him, so to speak)...should they be doing this? What can I do to protect my third one?
kind Heart

Lithonia, GA

#14 Apr 19, 2013
Marcie wrote:
I have 2 female ducks and 3 male ducks. I found yesterday that both the females had what is described as foam or tiny bubbles coming from their eyes, they would shake their heads to flick the foam from their eyes. The males are unaffected. I waited until dusk and caught both the females. Upon better examination when I wiped their eyes they looked healthy with no other symptoms. I decided it must be a sex thing being that the males were not affected. I later got on line and read that when a duck damages its eye a protective foam is produced.. But how can all 4 eyes (2 ducks) have become damaged at once. Then i thought what could damage their eyes...females only.... then i clicked! its spring here....Mating season..and they certainly are doing the wild thing..often and not one at a time, all three males will hold down a female with one always on top and the other 2 in on the act. If you have ever watched ducks mate you will know it is quite brutal, he gets on top, holds on to (with his beak) the feathers above her head/neck while he performs. Now when you have all three males trying to all do that there leaves little room for all three to hold onto, coming in from all sided they end up getting the side of her face poking into her eyes...hence the damaged eyes on both sides!! And as they perform sometimes 4 or 5 times a day for minutes at a time you can imagine this can cause a fair amount of damage to the female. Anyway i believe this is what has caused my females to produce the foam and last night after i looked closer at them i put them in a cage away from the males and so far one has already stopped producing the foam and the other is only slightly foamy still. So if you are experiencing issues with foaming eyes consider the sex of your duck, is it a female? is it both or one eye? Is the foam coloured white and when wiped away the eye seems pretty much healthy? Do your males over populate the females, giving them a hard time? remember they recommend 4/5 males per 1 female. Is it breeding season? if these all match up then you may have the same problem as i do. In which case look after your females! Remove them or remove some of the males. Will keep you posted.
They recommend 4/5 females per male not the other way around they will damage the one female pretty bad. This should be closely monitored never put that many males in with one female.
Alison

United States

#15 May 22, 2013
My duck has had bubbly foamy eye and it bubbled over yesterday twice. I know I should take him to the vet as a pet owner right now but can't afford it. I have 4 ducks altogether. The other ones are unaffected but only this one has the foamy eye. He acts normal except for the foaming eye. Could he go blind or his respitory system get seriously injured if I wait too long?
Janey

Lyons, Australia

#16 Jul 6, 2013
I have only 1 duck - female - quite old, about 9 years. She has developed this foamy eye thing. we have tried antibiotics and steroid drops, they are ineffective, she has several ponds of clean deep water which is changed weekly for the biggest and twice weekly for the smaller ponds. The eyes seem relatively normal (they look a bit watery) once you wash away the foam but its back within minutes. What do I do?
alison

United States

#17 Jul 7, 2013
I ended up getting my duck checked out. Turned out he had an eye infection. He also got his wings picked out by the other duckd in his herd
duck daddy

Lancaster, PA

#18 Aug 10, 2013
i have mascovy ducks. i have had this problem on and off for years with eyes foaming. working with my vet, among other reasons the main cause of the eyes foaming is an bacterial infection in one or both eyes. physical injury or damage is another reason. i have only females so the mating explanation is exempt with me. if not taken care of, the infection may cause permanent damage. simple anti-biotics and keeping fresh water for them to bathe is critical. also a little TLC and washing eyes with gentle cloth and clean water helps alot.. hope this helps.
Chris

Atlanta, GA

#19 Sep 17, 2013
Looks like Muscovy ducks are prone to eye infections. I used Tetracyline (mixed with the appropriate amount of water - see package) soaked cracked corn in it and fed it- helps every time.
Tetracyline (can be puchased in feeding stores) and is good for all sort of injuries.
Janis

AOL

#20 Apr 3, 2014
Marcie wrote:
I have 2 female ducks and 3 male ducks. I found yesterday that both the females had what is described as foam or tiny bubbles coming from their eyes, they would shake their heads to flick the foam from their eyes. The males are unaffected. I waited until dusk and caught both the females. Upon better examination when I wiped their eyes they looked healthy with no other symptoms. I decided it must be a sex thing being that the males were not affected. I later got on line and read that when a duck damages its eye a protective foam is produced.. But how can all 4 eyes (2 ducks) have become damaged at once. Then i thought what could damage their eyes...females only.... then i clicked! its spring here....Mating season..and they certainly are doing the wild thing..often and not one at a time, all three males will hold down a female with one always on top and the other 2 in on the act. If you have ever watched ducks mate you will know it is quite brutal, he gets on top, holds on to (with his beak) the feathers above her head/neck while he performs. Now when you have all three males trying to all do that there leaves little room for all three to hold onto, coming in from all sided they end up getting the side of her face poking into her eyes...hence the damaged eyes on both sides!! And as they perform sometimes 4 or 5 times a day for minutes at a time you can imagine this can cause a fair amount of damage to the female. Anyway i believe this is what has caused my females to produce the foam and last night after i looked closer at them i put them in a cage away from the males and so far one has already stopped producing the foam and the other is only slightly foamy still. So if you are experiencing issues with foaming eyes consider the sex of your duck, is it a female? is it both or one eye? Is the foam coloured white and when wiped away the eye seems pretty much healthy? Do your males over populate the females, giving them a hard time? remember they recommend 4/5 males per 1 female. Is it breeding season? if these all match up then you may have the same problem as i do. In which case look after your females! Remove them or remove some of the males. Will keep you posted.
I have never hearde of 4/5 males for one female. All I have ever seen have "paired" up even though the males will ALWAYS go after the other females. Like you, I find it brutal and will break it up whenever I can. I have had my Mallards since '06. I bought some other ducks in '13. They are "of age" this year and the big drake wants everything. There is one little hen they ALL pick on. She has this foam around her eyes. Locked her up for a few days and it seemed to clear up. Let her loose and it was back within a day. Like you, I think it is related to rough breeding. One other female seems to be getting this "foam". Will have to watch her closely.

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