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do ducks' beaks grow back?<br><br><br><br>
i was walking home along the river today and saw a duck with most of the top of his beak missing. it was broken off right below the nostrils. he seemed to be ok otherwise though his tongue looked awful (tongues aren't made for sun exposure), but it's still so sad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
anyone know if they grow back? i know when i had budgies that sometimes their beaks would grow too long and the tip would break off and it'd grow back in no time.<br><br><br><br>
if this is the wrong forum go ahead and move it, i wasn't sure. ducks aren't companion animals <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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You're an odd duck...<br><br><br><br>
Sorry, that was completely unconstructive, but I couldn't resist the opportunity to play on words. I hope someone can answer your question. I've seen the same thing, and it's horrifying to look at. Would make me feel better if I knew it wasn't permanent, but I won't hold my breath.
 

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i dont belive they do. i once seen someone on the tv attatching a pelecan's beak back to its "stump" by means of wire and the like. i dont see how it can grow back. its contoured and such from birth. but hey what do i know, i dont have a phd or anything
 

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i suppose theoretically a fake beak part could be made and glued on to match perfectly what's there now. I suppose some high density plastic could work .... but this probably wouldn't happen ... good luck to the duck :-(
 

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No, they don't go back.<br><br><br><br>
Ahhhhh the things you learn from watching vet shows on tv <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
The duck will probably starve to death. Sorry I know it's depressing, but it's true.
 

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yeah, poor little guy..however, i am sure he has learned or will learn to adapt to it. we live on a lake and used to raise 'stray' or abandoned ducks. one of them only had half a beak, but he could eat and drink and play and do cartwheels like the others.<br><br><br><br>
heh, sometimes though when he ate too fast the food would fly out his half beak <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
he's fine though, i'm sure (he better be at least).<br><br><br><br>
speaking of ducks, we have one that hangs out in our yard this summer who is OLD and has a limp and he has to take a break and lie down ever 20 feet or so. i'm sure he's happy...he's just old and has a bad leg. i want to go out there and comfort and love him and tell him he rocks me world.<br><br><br><br>
i love ducks. surround me with ducks and turtles and i am happy.
 

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i think it's impossible for any bird on that river to starve. people feed them all the time and there's an old guy who's 'keeper of the swans' who feeds and looks out for the swans and other birds.<br><br><br><br>
poor little duck, he was cute, he thought i was going to give him food i think cause he followed me for like 5 minutes. i thought he was going to come home with me!<br><br>
i bet he got too close to a swan's nest, there are babies right now and the adults are very protective and can get mean
 

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lady:<br><br><br><br>
you could talk to a local wildlife rehabilitator or a vet about it--i'm sure that they could do any number of htings, or at least tell you if they can do anything.<br><br><br><br>
think of it this way, if there is something that they can do--even a fake one--but no one tells them, then it won't go anywhere. So, if you let someone know, then perhaps they can do something about it. I don't know what they can do, but perhaps they can do something.<br><br><br><br>
and heck, he coulda been following you saying "hey, i have a beak problem here, can you take me somewhere to get it fixed?" if you believe in animal communication that is! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
anyway, that might help.
 

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I saw on the Discovery Channel that someone made a prosthetic beak for a duck whose own bill was somehow mangled.<br><br><br><br>
I have seen ducks who were missing a chunk of bill, and they seemed to be doing just fine. I think it might be best to consult a vet or wildlife rescue organization, they have probably dealt with this before and can determine if the duck will be OK without treatment.
 

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hmm i don't think there's any organization like that in town. the OSPCA is having a "yard sale" tomorrow so i was going to try to stop by anyway, i'll ask them if they know who i could contact or if there's anything they can do.<br><br><br><br>
honestly though the odds of finding the same duck again... there are so many ducks on that river, seriously, lot'a'ducks! but i'll talk to them anyway and see what they say.<br><br><br><br>
also, now and then i see one or two oddball ducks in the crowd. like there'll be dozens of mallards sitting out in the sun, and smack in the middle of the group will be one duck that's this offwhite colour with bits of orange. the body and face look like a mallard but the colours are so different. they always make me do a double take, no idea what kind they are
 

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I remember seeing something(<a href="http://www.northislandwildliferecoverycenter.org/whatsnew.htm" target="_blank">http://www.northislandwildliferecove...g/whatsnew.htm</a>) about an eagle who had its most of it's upper beak shot off by a hunter. They had to make four different prosthetic beaks for it before they found one that worked. If you could find the duck again, there might be people who can help.
 

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This reminds me that they do almost the same thing to most chickens. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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yep.
 

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well i found him/her again yesterday. it's hard to tell if it's male or female, they're all moulting and losing the feathers around their heads so it's harder to spot the males' green heads. for all intents and purposes i'll say she/her.<br><br>
this one has a little bit of green but i'm not really sure <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"><br><br><br><br>
anyway the stores by the river sell this feed for a buck a bag, it's just dried corn, rather than people feeding them bread which is bad for them. so i bought a bag and when the injured duck saw me coming she ran right up to me. i put some corn down on the grass and it was so sad to watch her trying to pick it up. she couldn't really get hold of the corn, it kept rolling away from her. she'd get a piece now and then, but the way she was going after it showed how hungry she must be. i sat with her for a bit but other ducks spotted the food and came over and would grab it before she could try. she seems to fend them off fairly well though, so i'm not terribly concerned about the other ducks hassling her.<br><br><br><br>
anyway the money for the feed goes to a little organization called project swan, they supposedly look after the waterfoul in the area, i think they're the ones who fence off the swans' nests and keep track of how many eggs and when they hatch etc. so i found their phone number and will try giving them a call later, maybe on my lunch break at work.<br><br><br><br>
the sad thing is that while i was at the river i saw a duck with a limp and then a little later i saw one that could barely walk, holding one leg right up against it's body most of the time.<br><br>
i think it's because there are so many of them. really the number of ducks on this tiny river is just insane, and they all stick to little groups. my guess is the groups end up fighting over food. to get rid of the rest of the corn i'd bought i was just tossing it to a couple of swans and suddenly dozens of ducks came out of nowhere, some even flew over from the other side of the river! i got mobbed! there were different kinds of ducks and different groups all jumbled together to get at the food and some of them were really agressive.<br><br><br><br>
i think this is how these injuries happen, but there's nothing to be done about it really <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> they just go where they want, only the swans are controlled (they're tagged and are kept indoors over the winter)
 
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