I have a 2 month old Welsh Harlequin duck who's doing poorly today. We were on vacation last week, with a neighbor caring for the ducks, so I have no idea how long this may have been coming on, or if it's totally sudden.
She's been staggering around like a drunk all day, but oddly, refusing to sit down even when the others do. Also not holding her head up like the others, and a droopy tail. Her white feathers have a somewhat yellow cast to them, but the other ducks do too, to a lesser degree, so maybe not related.
I let her have a swim earlier in case it was due to the heat, and she perked up enough to try to preen while in the pool, but then seemed freaked out enough by the way this threw off her balance that she froze and couldn't seem to figure out to twist her head back around. Either that or she was really stuck that way.
I thought she was going to need to be carried inside tonight, but once the last of the others found the gate, she was right after him, keeping up and went up and down the two steps to get into the garage more nimbly than many of the others. Then, immediately, started stumbling again.
I have her in a too-small cat carrier right now to isolate her from the others. She seems terribly stressed out, and the way she's stumbling around, she keeps crashing into the walls, flipping over, and not having enough room to right herself. Is there any way to help with the stress? I know I need to keep her away from the others, both to keep them from getting sick and so she doesn't get trampled, but the stress can't be good for helping her get better. The other ducks are caged in the garage at night. I have the sick one inside, thinking that this would be less stressful than if they could all see each other but not get together. Is that true, or should I put her on the other side of the garage?
Thanks for any help!!