My baby duck is doing this weird thing and it looks like it's gasping for air I'm only 13 and I don't know what to do
How old is your duckling?
What are you feeding?
Sometimes it helps to give some background information so people can asses and help you quickly. I am not an expert but I'm trying to just get some questions out of the way.
Edit: also they suggest you use the emergency or maybe duck
Try posting there as well.
Edited by MoreChickensPlz - 5/15/16 at 5:50pm
You need to get starter crumbles and vitamins right now.
The duckling has severe nutrient deficiency.
Get to a feed store and start the duckling on the proper diet.
If you cannot get to a feed store, if you know anyone with chicks - get them to give you five pounds of feed. And if they have some poultry vitamins, get some of that, too. Follow directions for adding it to the drinking water.
and please read the first post here http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/750869/raising-and-caring-for-ducklings#post_10611711
Edited by Amiga - 5/15/16 at 6:08pm
Is she choking? I've read giving too much bread is bad since its dry and can cause them to choke.
I know we've all seen or have been guilty of giving ducks at parks bread. Bread, other than being packed with carbs and some fat, does not contain any vitamins or minerals in any sufficient amount for a duck. It will make your duck over weight if fed in large quantities. Bread, though soft, can become dense in the stomachs of ducks. It also is tasty so ducks eat it up fast, which can result in the impaction of their crops, which usually requires surgery to fix. An impacted crop can cause death! You can help wild ducks stay healthier by informing people at parks of the negative health effects of bread."
Edit: Youve been feeding bread and corn since youve gotten it?
Edited by MoreChickensPlz - 5/15/16 at 6:08pm
The duckling could be choking - gently hold the duckling and very gently straighten out its neck and hold it so that its head is in a straight line with the neck. Open the bill by squeezing gently with the thumb and index finger on both corners of the bill, and push your little finger, a piece of half inch rubber tubing, or the eraser end of a new pencil down the bird's throat until the stuck thing is dislodged.
This is from Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks.
Edited by Amiga - 5/15/16 at 6:17pm
Do you have an adult that can help you and maybe take you to the store?
Maybe a tractor supply or a farm supply store?
This is one type of crumbles.
Edited by MoreChickensPlz - 5/15/16 at 6:18pm