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Another wry neck duckling

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by AwesomeFacer, May 21, 2011.

  1. AwesomeFacer

    AwesomeFacer Out Of The Brooder

    May 5, 2011
    Hi, all. This is my first time raising ducks and chicks, and I have what appears to be a wry neck Rouen duckling who is 11 days old. S/he was able to swim at first, but not on Wednesday, and was becoming more and more unable to feed, drink, and groom itself. I didn't realize that what s/he had was treatable until Thursday, when I found an old post on this forum. (thanks!) Thursday night, I gave him 2 EPA/DHA capsules with vitamin E in them (no straight E in the house), and broke Niacin capsules and B6 capsules into the food for all 5 ducklings. Friday morning, I repeated the EPA/DHA gel capsules, and Friday night I switched over to CVS generic Poly-Vi-Sol drops. The dosage on the package for human infants is 1.0 ml, but there was no dropper in my package. I put the fluid into an old saline eye drop bottle (clean), and have administered 5-10 drops (s/he's squirmy) last night and again this morning.

    Can someone advise as to the appropriate dosage for an 11 day old duckling? Is there anything else I can do to encourage the neck to straighten out? Is a two-week timeline reasonable for evaluating change?

    Thanks in advance for your help!
  2. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2010
    Upstate NY
    What are you feeding him/her? I would use game bird starter which contains niacin and not try to mix meds to solve them problem.
  3. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    My duckling was younger when it had this problem. I could usually get 2 small drops into her bill. I really just emptied the dropper and then let what was left on it fall into her bill. I did it 2-3 times a day depending on how much i was home.

    1ml is a lot for a little duckling.
  4. AwesomeFacer

    AwesomeFacer Out Of The Brooder

    May 5, 2011
    I'm feeding both the chicks and ducks non-medicated started food. I had Manna Pro non-medicated starter in small bags, and I'll be switching to Southern States specialty poultry starter feed: both have a niacin supplement in them.

    I decided to give the "Lefty" another dose of Poly-Vi-Sol this afternoon, another 5 or so drops There is already a marked improvement. In the past s/he had a hard time turning its head around both ways, and I saw it groom both sides of its body this morning. As the B vitamin group is water soluble, I am not concerned about an overdose.

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