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Brand new duckling can't peep

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My friend got some ducklings from TSC. One appeared to be a very new baby, and it can't make a sound. It finally started eating and drinking, thank goodness (one reason why I think it was very new, other than its appearance - I know they don't need to eat for the first few days), but still no noise. He's 4-5 days old now, I believe.
Here's a video she sent me...any ideas?


Momma to 8 ducks - Rocky, Dexter (male mallards);  Ruby Sue (female mallard); Tony (male buff); Roxy (female fawn and white runner); Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose (female Welsh Harlequins); and 2 kitties, Maggie and Fuffy-cat.

RIP Bullwinkle and Turkey-duck :(

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Momma to 8 ducks - Rocky, Dexter (male mallards);  Ruby Sue (female mallard); Tony (male buff); Roxy (female fawn and white runner); Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose (female Welsh Harlequins); and 2 kitties, Maggie and Fuffy-cat.

RIP Bullwinkle and Turkey-duck :(

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post #2 of 5

Could be a congenital condition with the voice, could be a slight irritation or injury (or something else, but those are the first things I could think of).

 

For right now, make sure the little has proper food, with fresh water 24/7, a way to safely rinse his or her little head frequently,  proper temperature, safe environment, all that (see the Raising Ducklings sticky).  Please give us an update in a day or two....

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

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post #3 of 5
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Thanks :)
I believe she has all of that going on. Her other ducklings are a few weeks older and are all doing fine...she just wanted to "rescue" this one because of his issues. Someone else mentioned it could be a sinus issue and to make sure he can dunk his head...she said he could, but she's never seem him actually do it.

Momma to 8 ducks - Rocky, Dexter (male mallards);  Ruby Sue (female mallard); Tony (male buff); Roxy (female fawn and white runner); Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose (female Welsh Harlequins); and 2 kitties, Maggie and Fuffy-cat.

RIP Bullwinkle and Turkey-duck :(

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Momma to 8 ducks - Rocky, Dexter (male mallards);  Ruby Sue (female mallard); Tony (male buff); Roxy (female fawn and white runner); Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose (female Welsh Harlequins); and 2 kitties, Maggie and Fuffy-cat.

RIP Bullwinkle and Turkey-duck :(

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post #4 of 5

Some poultry vitamins in their drinking water will help boost his little immune system.  Once a week, maybe twice a week.

 

Keeping the temps right, all that, and supervised time in water that is brooder temperature or a couple degrees warmer.  Then make sure he either starts preening right away, or dry him off with a dry washcloth.  Gotta prevent chills.

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

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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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post #5 of 5
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She took the little baby to the vet yesterday and they told her it had an infection. :( She's got meds to give it twice a day...fingers crossed he comes out okay.:fl

Momma to 8 ducks - Rocky, Dexter (male mallards);  Ruby Sue (female mallard); Tony (male buff); Roxy (female fawn and white runner); Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose (female Welsh Harlequins); and 2 kitties, Maggie and Fuffy-cat.

RIP Bullwinkle and Turkey-duck :(

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Momma to 8 ducks - Rocky, Dexter (male mallards);  Ruby Sue (female mallard); Tony (male buff); Roxy (female fawn and white runner); Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose (female Welsh Harlequins); and 2 kitties, Maggie and Fuffy-cat.

RIP Bullwinkle and Turkey-duck :(

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