You read that right- Last August I becoming severely sick from first contracting Norovirus, then while my immune system was weak, I contracted salmonella. Most would assume that I got the bug from my pets, since 2 of them are poultry. What most don't realize is the ducks couldn't give me salmonella, because they've never had it. They've live a very clean, comfy life, with yearly vet checks. Just prior to my getting sick, they had their normal blood tests, all negative as usual. At the time, Victor had just started showing signs of arthritis in his neck, and Ming Mei laid a "jello egg". Meaning an egg without a shell. At 8 years old, she hadn't laid an egg in over two years. Jello eggs can get stuck causing the duck to become eggbound (which is deadly if not treated asap.. When giving her, her calcium supplement, she aspirated some of the liquid into her lungs. The vet was able to clear it out, but put her on antibiotics for a cough she developed.
Dosing a duck with medicine is difficult, to say the least. You have to hold them, pry open their bills, stick a baby medicine syringe as far down their throats as possible, making sure to get passed the glottis (so it goes into their bellies not their lungs). Due to poor Victor's arthritic neck, I have to bend over and hold him upset dow