Originally Posted by Reyvaughn
I prefer to only brood duckas and chicks together for one week and I insist on a quail waterer so the ducks can't play. This particular brooder I was having issues with because I just hatched 52 chicks, had 40 in the outside brooder and another 20 in the other other small brooder. I had no place to go with anyone until I built a new brooder. I was cleaning out the wet shavings every day, but that older, 3wk old duck would have it trashed in less than 30min. I have all the ducks outside in a wire bottom chinchilla cage now. The bedding is clean and dry, but this started before they got the new, big, clean, dry brooder.
I have only given them duramycin. I couldn't just let them in there to die without trying something. Since duramycin is a broad spectrum antibiotic, I was sure it'd help some. I will see if I can reach Peter Brown tomorrow and hope he is available on Sundays.
Yes, they are eating and drinking normally. The feed is fine - just got it Friday and it's made at the mill. My feed only lasts one week and is stored in an air tight freezer (not working). No, my feed is not medicated. I do not feed it - haven't in over 2yrs. This isn't cocci anyways.
I wasn't able to do much today. I had previous plans that kept me from the house for over 12hrs and Dewey did not listen to a word I said. So, tomorrow all the brooders will be stripped, cleaned, disinfected and filled with new bedding. All the sick chicks will be separated and given Vicks under the wings. I am going to try finding citric acid or some kind of copper sulfate to disinfect the water, as per my reading on brooder pneumonia. Of course, I am out of Oxine and I told Dewey I needed it. So, I need an oil based disinfectant for the bedding after it's all clean and fresh, too. Again, as per my reading.
Hopefully I don't lose anymore.