I just joined the forum this morning because I have a boy that is not getting around very well. Here are the details:
Bought 10 ducks (5 Cayuga and 5 Welsh Harlequin) from a hatchery at 3 days old and put them on a gamebird starter feed of 21%
They all ate that very well for the first month and then we started buying duck food from our local MFA and it is a 23% and they have been eating that for almost 2 months.
They have always had fresh water and just last week they were released onto our 2 acre pond.
They go out in the morning when I let them out of the barn and come in at night like clockwork. However my husband a I noticed a slow moving drake 2 nights ago and started watching him.
He doesn't seem hurt, I checked all limbs and entire body. He still remains hungry and is eating and drinking well.
When he is on ground he will get up walk two steps and then sit and then sometimes he struggles to get to his feet. But when he is in the pond he gets around very well and stays up with the rest.
So yesterday I went and bought 500 mg niacin tablets and diluted 2 tablets into their 15 gallon waterer so all of them got that last night including our crippled guy. I also bought some Tetracycline water additive which I have not used yet and something called Rooster Booster which the man from the store said was safe for ducks. It is a multi vitamin-wormer crumble that you add into their food, which I added for the first time last night.
This morning I kept the drake in and he doesnt seem any better this morning but doesnt seem worse either.
So any suggestions? Thank you