My new dweeb of a sister likes water. A LOT! She likes baths, the hose, the pool, water bowls, and now we’ve discovered that she likes Franklin’s pond. Yeah, Franklin our duck. Her pond. That’s filled with duck poop.

Macy was outside and watching Franklin in her pond. When Mom took Franklin out (Franklin’s still not walking), Macy went in. Now she smells like duck poop.

Every time I think there’s hope for her….

Macy. Probably dreaming of water.

Macy. Probably dreaming of water.

Anyway, Mom has being doing a lot of research on what could be wrong with Franklin seeing as funds for an avian vet are not available at this time and the niacin isn’t helping. It seems that poor little Franklin may have hardware poisoning (aka metal poisoning), more specifically, zinc poisoning. Unfortunately, the treatment for zinc poisoning is VERY expensive ($500-$1000).  It involves injections, surgery, multiple day stay in the hospital, and antibiotics. The vet is due to be here on the 4th to see Macy and me. If Franklin is still not able to walk, we are going to ask the vet to do the humane thing. Of course, if she takes a turn for the worse before then, Mom will take her to the vet before then for the same.

If it were just a matter of Franklin being unable to walk because of a partial paralysis of some kind, Mom would make the necessary accommodations for Franklin to live a happy and comfortable life as an indoor duck. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Zinc poisoning is fatal unless treated at the first signs of illness. Franklin is already 2 weeks in. Mom feels horribly guilty for not realizing the possibility of metal poisoning AND for not being able to afford the proper care necessary.

Another option is for Mom to find a rescue that can get Franklin the care she needs. So she’s researching that now. That would obviously be the better way to go, even if it means Franklin moving away. If you have any information on a rescue that can do this, please let me know.

Please keep Franklin in your prayers ❤


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About noodle4president

I was a discarded, lost little stray without a house or a family...until my mom found me. Now, I am the happiest, most loved dog in the whole world!

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  1. Princess Leah says:

    So sorry to hear about Franklin, I don’t nose much about ducks I’m afraid
    Butts, Macy leaping into the duck pond did make me laff…she is full of the puppy funs isn’t she! Previous paws Chloe used to run around the duck pond and end up wiv GREEN paws frum the duck poop, hehe, then she had to sit on Mum’s lap on the drive home!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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    • Ok, it was a little bit funny. I just can’t believe her though. Mom put out a big water dish for us (a large saucer). Macy stands in it! I mean, how am I supposed to drink out that when it has toe juice in it?!?! Yuck! *ear licks* Noodle


  2. I send POTP to your Franklin and I hope there is a way to help your duck-friend…. We once brought our rooster to the vet (useless, the vet was not really an expert for birds) because the huskies had an appointment anyway. Our neighbor came and asked if she can drive with us, because her cat was not well. And then we started with a rooster, two dogs and a cat on board, what escaped from her box on the way to the vet… my dad said he felt like stranded in the deepest hell :o)

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  3. stella rose says:

    Our friend Mrs. Flea over at Jones Treats has a duck as a buddy named Jimmy for quite awhile maybe hers nose somefing about Franklin that could help you….we will give her your blog address……………did you get ours pictures………..prayers for Franklin, we fink it is funny about Macey………..stella rose

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  4. Flea says:

    What other symptoms are there? Two weeks? Has Franklin been paralyzed the whole time? I had a duck die of West Nile virus but didn’t realize till after the fact. It was a bad summer for it here. She was sick nearly two weeks, getting worse as it went along, and I couldn’t afford an avian vet at the time. Turns out chickens aren’t prone to it, but ducks are highly susceptible.

    I’m so sorry your Franklin is ill. I wish I could help. Paws crossed.

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    • Hi Mrs. Flea! Thanks for coming by. 2 weeks ago, Franklin stopped walking. Her feet and legs can move, she’s just not strong enough to hold herself up. Her appetite started going away 2 days ago. Also her feathers are falling out like crazy. This time last year she had a major molt, though, so we’re not sure if that’s related. Initially, my Mom thought it was a niacin deficiency but she has since been supplementing her with a critical care vitamin as well as Rooster Booster Poultry Cell. Every night Mom brings her in the house and lets her soak in a warm bath. She doesn’t seem to be egg-bound (Mom felt around). Plus, Franklin hasn’t really laid eggs in over a year. When she does lay, it doesn’t have the hard outer shell. We heard that West Nile is appearing in a town about 40 miles south of us so I guess it could be that.

      Thank you again for coming our way!

      *ear licks*

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  5. So sorry to hear about Franklin, I don’t know anything about ducks I probably would have done the same thing.
    Love for Franklin, and Macy is just too funny isn’t she! Silly puppy. 🙂

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  6. nordhuesn says:

    POTP X 3 for Franklin from us

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  7. We’re sending Franklin positive vibes……………!

    Hugs, Sammy

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  8. Will and Eko says:

    Nothing that’s worthwhile is easy. You guys are doing great!

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  9. Deziz World says:

    Well kittens, we can’t get mommy off hers lazy hiney to make up any fotos, but weez still twyin’. MOL Weez so sowry ’bout Franklin. Have yous fawt ’bout a fundraiser? Sendin’ purrayers.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

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  10. Sendin Franklin POTP.

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  11. corkscot says:

    Hoping for the best for Franklin. Should Macy be swimming in the duck water? It might not be a good idea.

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  12. My gang likes the ducks pools also and like to chase them when they get in the duck pen so I try and keep them out of the pen. Im sorry you have to find a new home but yes it is better than the alternative

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  13. Cupcake says:

    So sad about Franklin. Your mom is a good researcher. And a good mom. Doing the right thing is not easy, but your mom can do it. We will say prayers.

    Love and licks,

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  14. Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties says:

    I’m so sorry about Franklin, I will certainly be praying. Love and Cuddles to all of you.

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  15. Oh no…not Franklin. We are so sorry to hear of his difficulties. We will turn on the purring machine and mom says not to feel guilty as you didn’t know my friend. You have done much and hopefully it won’t be zinc poisoning.

    Shoko and Kali

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  16. Sending love and puppy power to all of you!! Please keep us posted. We are going to try to get a contest entry in soon, but honestly, we have just been lazy and haven’t given Jacques a bath (though he is really stinky and desperately needs one!)…

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  17. speedyrabbit says:

    oh that is sad about Franklin the duck sending snuggles to you all,xx Speedy

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  18. Nylabluesmum says:

    Poor deer Franklin!! Pleeze tell Lady Smantha tiss iss not her fault. Fingss happen an sumtimess there ss no control over eventss! Mee has leerned that already inn mee short life here!
    If there iss sumfing wee can do pleeze email us ok Noodle mee Moodle???
    ***paw patsss*** an **ear lickss** Siddharta Middhartha Henry Penry xxxx

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  19. Nylabluesmum says:

    Mee can bee mee no problem Noodle Moodle!! An LadyMum can bee LadyMum also….even if shee iss on thee floor!!!!
    Wee luvss all of youss’ so-o much ❤
    ***paw patsss*** Siddhartha Henry an LadyMum xXxXxXxXx

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