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8 Week Pekin having seizures, not eating

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bfisher, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. bfisher

    bfisher Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello BYC community! Any help is so appreciated. I am stressed to the breaking point and so sad for my duckling. Here are the details:

    - Our Pekin duck is 8 weeks old

    - She began having seizures at about 3- 4 weeks, had them for a couple days and then they stopped

    - About a month later she started seizing again, much worse. Starting Saturday (4/23) night she has been seizing every 2-10 minutes consistently. The longer the time lapse the greater the seizure.

    - She flaps her wings so hard sometimes she breaks her blood feathers. Both wings are wounded and one side has nearly all her blood feathers broken off. Her wings and underwing area of her body are blood-caked.

    - Based on research I've done online & with neighbors with ducks, this is how I've been treating her:

    - I cleaned her wounds with apple cider vinegar and put a tea tree oil anti-fungal wound ointment on them.

    - I have her in a darkened, quiet workshop, keeping her warm and calm so she can rest, away from the other ducks so they won't peck her.

    - She drinks a very small amount of water, but does not eat, even when I bring her greens, which she loves.

    - I put blended spinach, honey, and Vitamin e in her water yesterday and she drank two sips, but then stopped (seemed not to want it- kept going to it and then stopping herself once she got her bill close enough to smell that it wasn't just water.)

    - One duck-raising neighbor told me she used to have ducklings seize when she first started raising them. She said she thought it was because she let them go swimming to early and once she stopped doing that the seizures haven't happened to any new ducklings. We did let our duckling go swimming, because we had just finished building the pond. She only did it one day, but was in there a while and that night was the first time she had a seizure. I feel very guilty for having potentially caused all her suffering. I don't know what to am so grateful to anyone with advice. She seems like she is slowly letting go. I sit with her for hours after work. I just don't know what to do to help her recover.

    -Newest Update: I just got her to eat a little mixture of macro green powder and nutritional yeast mixed in a little apple juice and water. It wasn't a lot, but it seemed to give her a little boost of energy. She drank more water after that.

    Thank you to everyone, with or without advice-- if you could send some energetic support our way that would be so appreciated!
     
  2. scrambled please

    scrambled please Out Of The Brooder

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    This sounds horrible, I'll pray you and her.
    I don't want to say this but never give young children or any animal honey it could have botulism.
     
  3. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

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    I'm so sorry this doesn't sound good. Let me see if I can get you someone to help .@Amiga
     
  4. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

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    Has she been around any fertilizer or weed spray?
     
  5. bfisher

    bfisher Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for your prayers Scrambled Please, and I didn't even think about the honey & botulism thing! I'm glad she didn't drink much of that. I actually read that in a different thread as a way to get some energy into her.
     
  6. bfisher

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    Pattyhen, thank you! No, she hasn't been around any fertilizer or weed spray. My husband thought it may have been some chemicals in the pond liner he used to make the pond, but that didn't feel right to me. I got more of a hit for what actually caused it when my neighbor shared her experience. (She said that when she had ducklings seize like that she thought she had let them swim too young.)
     
  7. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

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    Your very welcome and my prayers for your duckling.

    I'm going to message this person again. She is really good.

    @Amiga
     
  8. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Reading to catch up
     
  9. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Seems like B vitamin deficiency. I would not give spinach or honey, would put B complex in water at 150 mg B3 per gallon of drinking water.
    The nutritional yeast is good, might not be enough right now
     
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  10. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I tried to tag you . . . that doesn't seem to be working right now.
     

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