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I have a friend who has a duckling in with her chickens.  Long story short, the chickens have a respiratory infection and duck is not showing any signs/symptoms (yet).  What do you suggest for a medication/antibiotic for ducks??  I know they are not supposed to have medicated feed etc....  so how do you treat a sick duck safely?
Thanks in advance
H.

Mom to 2 sons (15,12),  DH, a boston, peke, 2 beagles, 3 cats, a rosey bourke parakeet, 6 rabbits, EE pair, pair of muscovies and call ducks.  I have about a dozen chicks left.... breeds vary.  PM if interested    ~Everything else is Gone~ :o(
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Mom to 2 sons (15,12),  DH, a boston, peke, 2 beagles, 3 cats, a rosey bourke parakeet, 6 rabbits, EE pair, pair of muscovies and call ducks.  I have about a dozen chicks left.... breeds vary.  PM if interested    ~Everything else is Gone~ :o(
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post #2 of 6

I would you suggest that you ask this question to a vet.  Besides you can't get ahold of antibiotics yourself without going throgh a vet.

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post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by ExpLo721 

I would you suggest that you ask this question to a vet.  Besides you can't get ahold of antibiotics yourself without going throgh a vet.


There's many forms of meds that you can buy in feed stores, I work in one and we carry poultry medications.  Thank you though.

Mom to 2 sons (15,12),  DH, a boston, peke, 2 beagles, 3 cats, a rosey bourke parakeet, 6 rabbits, EE pair, pair of muscovies and call ducks.  I have about a dozen chicks left.... breeds vary.  PM if interested    ~Everything else is Gone~ :o(
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Mom to 2 sons (15,12),  DH, a boston, peke, 2 beagles, 3 cats, a rosey bourke parakeet, 6 rabbits, EE pair, pair of muscovies and call ducks.  I have about a dozen chicks left.... breeds vary.  PM if interested    ~Everything else is Gone~ :o(
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post #4 of 6

I don't know about ducks but in humans you don't want to give antibiotics as a precautionary measure.  I think I've read something similar considering waterfowl, but with all the duck stuff I've read recently, I could be wrong.  Hopefully someone else will pipe up.

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post #5 of 6

There are few antibiotics that can be safely given to ducks. If the duck is not showing any symptoms of respiratory problems, then I would not treat. If however it is showing symptoms such as wheezing terramycin or agramycin or bayril are antibiotic that are safe for ducks. This however is just guessing, because you don't know what is causing the problem. I safely and successfully treated a duckling with wheezing in the fall. It was before she started laying eggs though. I used terramycin which I was told was being replaced with agramycin. You can get these in the feed store. Good luck to your friends duck.

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Thank you SO much, Froggie! thumbsup

Mom to 2 sons (15,12),  DH, a boston, peke, 2 beagles, 3 cats, a rosey bourke parakeet, 6 rabbits, EE pair, pair of muscovies and call ducks.  I have about a dozen chicks left.... breeds vary.  PM if interested    ~Everything else is Gone~ :o(
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Mom to 2 sons (15,12),  DH, a boston, peke, 2 beagles, 3 cats, a rosey bourke parakeet, 6 rabbits, EE pair, pair of muscovies and call ducks.  I have about a dozen chicks left.... breeds vary.  PM if interested    ~Everything else is Gone~ :o(
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