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Sick duckling help?!?

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We got four 6 week old kaki campbells last night, they went into a closed nesting box to keep them away from chickens. Checked on them today and one almost looked dead at first glance. Little ducky refuses to move and can't hold its head up but with help has been drinking quite a bit, but refuses to eat. Need suggestions with how to get it through the night. Currently in the bath tub with a towel and trying to get it to drink hourly
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Hi there!  Welcome to BYC!  I hope the duckling is okay.

 

Has the duckling been pooing?  What are you feeding the ducklings? Are you adding a source of Niacin?  I use brewers yeast (not activated or bread yeast) that I bought from Amazon.  I add one tablespoon per cup of food.  Niacin is essential for their development.

 

I'll tag some other members that know more about dealing with sick ducks.

 

@casportpony

@Miss Lydia

@Amiga 

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Love my family...8 ducks, 4 cats, 2 dogs, a boyfriend, grown-up son & BYC lamps!

Check out new BYC photo contest:

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Helpful general duck info for newbies:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/256233/ducks-sticky-topics-index

Link to Metzer duck breed comparison chart:  http://www.metze...

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post #3 of 5

Somehow I missed this one.  

 

Is the little one still with you?  If so, then careful syringe feeding may be needed.

 

@Backyard novice 

 

Could the duckling have eaten something toxic?  Food grade activated charcoal in their water can help with toxins.

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Please PM me, or use @Amiga in the message if you would like to hear from me soon.  

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Unfortunately little duckling died at 12am and here it's now 3.50pm. When my sister dropped them off she had mentioned one of them had a very full gullet and they didnt know what it had eaten and wasn't holding its head up properly. Had the poor thing wrapped in a towel in the bath tub and giving it water every hour, but sadly it didn't work.
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Very sorry for your loss.  Are the other 3 ducklings okay?

Love my family...8 ducks, 4 cats, 2 dogs, a boyfriend, grown-up son & BYC lamps!

Check out new BYC photo contest:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1124563/official-byc-contest-post-your-best-poultry-dust-bathing-pics/0_30  

Helpful general duck info for newbies:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/256233/ducks-sticky-topics-index

Link to Metzer duck breed comparison chart:  http://www.metze...

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Love my family...8 ducks, 4 cats, 2 dogs, a boyfriend, grown-up son & BYC lamps!

Check out new BYC photo contest:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1124563/official-byc-contest-post-your-best-poultry-dust-bathing-pics/0_30  

Helpful general duck info for newbies:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/256233/ducks-sticky-topics-index

Link to Metzer duck breed comparison chart:  http://www.metze...

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