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What Are the Causes of Seizures in Ducks?

By Lynn Anders | Updated October 24, 2017

Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Ana Rodríguez Carrington

Seizures in a duck can be a symptom of several types of health problems. Only a veterinarian will be able to definitively diagnose and treat the cause of a duck’s seizures. Depending on the cause, the seizures may be a temporary or lifelong condition.

Poor Incubation

Artificially incubating duck eggs is more complex than one might expect. If the eggs are incubated at the wrong temperature, humidity or not turned properly, then the ducklings can have serious lifelong health problems such as seizures.


As ducks age they can suffer from age related diseases. Older ducks are more likely to suffer from seizures than younger ducks.


Poisonous plants, herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers are just a few of the common toxins that when ingested can cause seizures in ducks. Never have these things in or around your duck’s living area.


Head trauma can cause seizures. In some cases the seizures will go away in a few days with treatment and as the swelling goes down.

Lead Poisoning

Ducks are attracted to shiny objects, and many will eat what they find. Small items such as hardware pieces or costume jewelry can cause lead poisoning.

Photo Credits

  • Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Ana Rodríguez Carrington


Lynn Anders has more than 15 years of professional experience working as a zookeeper, wildlife/environmental/conservation educator and in nonprofit pet rescue. Writing since 2007, her work has appeared on various websites, covering pet-related, environmental, financial and parenting topics. Anders has a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and biology from California State University, Sacramento.