1 Week Old Duckling having trouble walking

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by RAGLEESON04, May 21, 2012.

  1. RAGLEESON04

    RAGLEESON04 Hatching

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    I have a 1 week old duckling (Hatched 5/14) from Ideal, she was walking fine until Friday the 18th, at that point she stopped wanted to bear weight on her right leg. It is not splayed outward and not dislocated as far as I can tell. I used the Gro-gel as a supplement her first day, and they all have been on game bird starter (24% protein). I have also given her sugar water and sav-a-chick electrolytes. She will walk for short distances then she sits. She is eating and drinking, but she is smaller than the rest of her hatch-mates. When I hold her up she puts her left foot on my hand and pulls her right foot toward her body and keeps her toes closed. When she does walk she has her toes open like the rest of the ducks. Any advice on what I can do to help her - she hasn't gotten better but also hasn't gotten worse. I just don't want her to develop a mental block that she can't walk. I know they are not supposed to swim until they are 3-4 weeks old, but she did swim on Friday, then got under her heat lamp and after she was dry I noticed her walking issue. Could it just be a sprain? Please help. Let me know if you need any other information.
    Thank you
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

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    Has she been given Niacin?
     
  3. RAGLEESON04

    RAGLEESON04 Hatching

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    Kevin565 - Beautiful wolfdog! I have two of my own! In response to your question no I have not given her pure Niacin - the sav-a-chick has vitamin b12 in it. Should I give her some, and in what measurement, and how often? Are her symptoms typical of a niacin deficiency?
    Thank you
     
  4. RAGLEESON04

    RAGLEESON04 Hatching

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    Also what kind of niacin should I buy? The no flush(flush free, the slo-niacin or just plain niacin?
     

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