7 week old Duckling with crooked neck

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Rhadiante, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. Rhadiante

    Rhadiante In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2017
    Hello, I am new to Backyard Chickens and have been coming across a lot of great information after researching health issues from my ducklings who are now about 6 or 7 weeks old. I found Lucy May 12th on her back in the coop and she was unable to walk or hold her head up. I fed her B vitamins and electrolytes with a pipette and gave her watered down chick starter with nutritional yeast. After about a week she was able to waddle but would lose her balance and often fall backwards. I did not notice her head being so off to one side until last week. It became very apparent. I had a friend who has both chickens and ducks with a large farm check her out and he does not think this is Wry neck but a structural issue. Has anyone in this forum seen anything similar and were you able to correct the problem?

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  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Ducklings can suffer from niacin deficiency which affects movement etc. Please post on the "Duck thread," for more information. It can be treated by adding Brewer's yeast to the food but, the duck folks could tell how much you need to add.
  3. Rhadiante

    Rhadiante In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2017
    Hi Diva,
    Thanks for your coaching on moving this post to the Duck Thread. I just found the thread. Thanks!
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2017
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. I'm sure the duck peeps will advise you - they're a good bunch.

    Good luck

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