I have a duckling about three weeks old. I rescued it since it was abandoned. I've been giving him chopped greens, tomatoes, cooked rice, quinoa. Last night he acted very weak and is still weak today. What should I give him and I cannot understand the quick change
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Unless quinoa has a bunch of B vitamins, he's likely deficient.
I would get some duckling starter, chick if you cannot find waterfowl starter, and I would immediately start B vitamin supplementation.
I would also, today, moisten some dry cat kibble and mash it up - a tablespoon or two - and feed that to the little. It has protein and vitamins.
I would give the little one brewer's yeast in the food. Forgive me for using capital letters, but for anyone else who may casually look over this thread, NOT baking yeast, NOT winemaking yeast. Brewer's yeast is a nutritional supplement and it provides niacin and a few other vitamins.
Generally, folks who supplement with brewer’s yeast use a tablespoon per cup of food.
Ducklings need about three times the niacin chicks do. And some ducklings get leg problems or seizures if they don't have enough niacin.
Another approach is to use B Complex capsules, and use the B3 - niacin - levels as a guide. Again, 150 mg B3 per gallon of drinking water.
Keep the little one on the supplements for about 8 weeks.
Sometimes it only takes a few days to see improvement.
Edited by Amiga - 4/19/16 at 10:07am
Well, I'm new at this website so I probably have replies all over the place.
My duckling still has bright green poo and now seems to be gasping and not sure if its for air or something else.
I do essential oils, wondering if there is something I could put something in the water for him to soak in. He doesn't want to drink right now but just a thought. I know I'm going crazy here trying to think of what to do.
I have offered my best ideas . . . if you can get expert help - a waterfowl rehabber, a vet - - - that would be great. And I understand it's not always an option.
Thank you Amiga,
You have been a great help. I thank you for the time you spent with me.
The duckling was too far gone to save. He died today. I did what I could but disappointed I could not save a rescue.
BYW I also make my kombucha. Love it.
My next project will be sauerkraut and kimchi
Have a great day,