7 week old Welch Harlequin male duckling not growing, missing feathers

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ALaughInHerEye, Apr 30, 2016.

  1. ALaughInHerEye

    ALaughInHerEye Out Of The Brooder

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    We got three baby ducks born March 7th. Male (Sebastian) and female (Collette) Welch Harlequin and a female (Genevieve) Cayuga. The girls are growing beautifully and getting some gorgeous feathers. Last week we found Sebatian so weak he couldn't stand missing all the feathers on his back and evacuated. Then he stopped breathing and I did CPR on him and he started to breathe again. He has always been smaller. But he was eating and drinking fine and he loves the water. I researched an essential oil mix that's reviving, relaxing, and antimicrobial to put into his bath that is safe and beneficial for ducks and after his bath he was a little more alert. So we made a liquid food out of fresh raw chicken egg, plain yogurt, honey and a little b complex. After a few sessions of dropper feeding he was eating again. He still had to spend a day on liquid feed before he could walk or even cheep. It's been a week now and he's gaining weight and growing but he really only wants to eat directly from my hand. He isn't regrowing his feathers. He stops eating and wants a bath every 4-5 spoonfuls. After the warm bath he is tired. His skin around the missing feathers was red so I put coconut oil on it and the redness is gone. He's not running fever. His temp is 106, which is within normal for ducks. Anybody have any thoughts??? We decided to separate him from the girl b/c I think Collette was over grooming him. She has this thing where she is preening and she tries to show him how and I saw her pull one of his little down fluffs out and he bled... She adores him but I think she's clumsily trying to mother him. We are giving them supervised time together every day. They are eating layer feed with a little b complex sprinkled on top b/c the girls perked up after we gave them a dose of the b complex after we found Sebastian nearly dead.
     
  2. ALaughInHerEye

    ALaughInHerEye Out Of The Brooder

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    Thoughts?
     
  3. MandBducks

    MandBducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is he doing?
     
  4. ALaughInHerEye

    ALaughInHerEye Out Of The Brooder

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    He's doing amazingly well. I researched an essential oil bath for him and once I started giving him the bath once a day he just took off. His feathers are all filled in, he's almost full size, he eats like a haas and he's hilarious.
     
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  5. MandBducks

    MandBducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the essential oil bath? I'm curious for my little one.
     
  6. ALaughInHerEye

    ALaughInHerEye Out Of The Brooder

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    I put 8 drops into the bath tub with him with a blend of
    Eucalyptus
    Juniper berry
    Thieves
    Helichrysum
    Ylang ylang
    Lavender
    Frankincense
    Lemongrass
    Myrtle
    Rosemary
    Rosewood
    Rose
    Patchouli
    Coriander seed
    Geranium
    And an eden's garden oil called Align

    I practically have a. Apothecary here at home out of herbs and oils. So, I had all of those already. I can ship you a bottle whe. I get more align in.
    If you are interested. It costs me about $20 for 15 ml. But it last quite a while.
     
  7. MandBducks

    MandBducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I have all those oils (except for the edens garden one but I'll find out what is in it), I am an oil fanatic. Thank you!
     
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  8. ALaughInHerEye

    ALaughInHerEye Out Of The Brooder

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    Would you like me to PM you the amounts of each?
     
  9. MandBducks

    MandBducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That would be great!
     
  10. ALaughInHerEye

    ALaughInHerEye Out Of The Brooder

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    He is fully recovered! When we can afford them, we are getting him diapers for inside. I have had a life threatening health condition since February and money is very tight. But we love our babies.
     

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