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Another wry neck duckling

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

  1. AwesomeFacer

    AwesomeFacer Out Of The Brooder

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    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

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    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

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    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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