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Desperation has set in. PLEASE HELP MY DUCK

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I have a two month old Pekin with a neck injury. I noticed it a week ago and it's gotten slightly worse. No puncture wounds or breaks. She holds her head close to her body/will not stretch it out to eat or drink or preen. I think it's a sprain. I finally brought her inside so she can stop moving around so much, which i think worsened it. She's clearly in pain and i have no idea how to fix a sprained neck. I've been feeding her a "smoothie" via syringe for the past week since she refuses to eat. I will take any advice, especially from  those who have dealt with this sort of thing. Her name is honey and she's my baby <3 The only avian vet is two hours away and i really can't take time to drive that far : ( especially for them to just tell me to put her down or to do what i'm already doing. Culling her is not an option, so i need to find a way to heal her neck. Do you think this sort of thing is fatal? Much love to anyone who can help.

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You may want to look up wry neck to see if that is what she has going on with her neck.
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Is she in a flock with others?  Is there a drake?  Might there be something lodged in her throat?

 

Keeping her in where it's a little warmer may help her relax.  Have you let her float in a tub of 80F water, no soap?  That might be therapeutic for her.

 

I might take a fecal sample to a vet for testing for parasites or bacteria . . . that's a long shot, but sometimes when ducks aren't feeling well they retract their necks.

 

What temperature is it where you are?

 

I don't think it would hurt to put either some poly-vi-sol without iron or B complex in her water.  Not exactly sure of the amount of poly-vi-sol (I am pretty sure there are threads that mention that), but for the B complex I would use the amount of B3(niacin) in it, and put 150 mg B3 per gallon of drinking water.

 

Have you felt the neck?  Anything in there?

 

:hugs

 

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 She's in a small flock with 14 hens and two other female ducks. It's really nice weather here, about 75. I have let her soak in a warm tub and then dried her off afterward. I've felt her neck and other than it being bent from her keeping her head to her body it seems fine. I'll try adding the B complex to her water. I'm convinced she twisted her neck but there are no hazards in the yard so I have no idea how : / I wish their was a bird vet nearby, but no one around here treats "exotics". Really? A duck is exotic?

 

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Oh, I share the frustration that ducks are exotic.  Just code for "not a dog or cat."

 

I have had two ducks get their necks stuck in 2"x3" woven wire fence.  I think it's from fussing with a duck on the other side of the fence.  So, they can do unexpected things....

 

If it's a pull, then I would give her as much time in lukewarm water as possible, feed her as well as possible, give vitamins once a week (in her water), and watch her.

 

Please keep us updated.  We learn from each other.  And this is not a common injury, seems to me.

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Ifyour town or county contracts out  wildlife emergencies to local vets you may be able to have a consult with that vet.  A large animal or " farm vet" may also provide a consult  for basic wound  care/ evaluation, too.

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Have you ruled out wry neck? You said it got worse under stress and that does not seem as likely for an injury as for wry neck. I have only seen wry neck in Silkies so I am not sure what it looks like in ducks myself. Vitamins are used to treat wry neck so treating the duck for wry neck would not hurt if it is just a sprain and it might even help.
post #8 of 9
If the duck would benefit from neck support, you can split a TP tube lengthwise, cut it to whatever size you need and then tape it around the neck to straighten it out. You might be able to line the cardboard with something soft to make it more comfortable. If you have bubble wrap you may even be able to layer it around the neck and tape it as a neck support.

You want the duck to have control of its neck to eat and drink while also strengthing the muscles so it can move the neck without support. A sprain is basically stretched or torn ligaments that hold muscle together so you would need to strengthen the attached muscles without putting too much strain on the ligaments.
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She's getting better. Not much though. She is still unable or unwilling to eat solid foods, so i've still been blending up veggies and good stuff and feeding it to her. It's a lot of work. I do think i will try a splint or cast to help support her neck. Other than that she's happy. She stays with me inside all day till the later afternoon i let her swim and then sleep with the other birds. I hope her neck heals all the way soon though! I can't feed her like that forever.

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