Baby Call Duck Walking with its tail tucked under

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jkah37, Oct 22, 2019.

  1. jkah37

    jkah37 Chirping

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    Hi there! I have 4 baby call ducks that were just recently born on Oct 1st. They have been doing well and growing fast, but I noticed yesterday that one of the babies is having a hard time standing and walking. It's almost as if it cant bend its legs, walks stiff and it tucks its tail underneath unlike the other 3. Or like any that I have ever seen since I've owned calls.
    Does anyone have any input on this? I checked its feet and legs, no swelling or cuts anywhere to the naked eye.
    I'm just concerned and dont want the baby to be suffering. It's still eating and drinking just fine.
    I do have drakes that have been mating with the hen's, I'm wondering if one of the drakes tried "mounting" the baby and hurt it? I've kept them separated except for 2 days I let them all free range together. Help!
     
  2. FluffTheDuck

    FluffTheDuck Duck love is recognizable in any language

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  3. jkah37

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  4. jkah37

    jkah37 Chirping

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    The lightest, yellow baby
     
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    FluffTheDuck Duck love is recognizable in any language

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  6. jkah37

    jkah37 Chirping

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    I just did a little research, its possibly a niacin deficiency. Vitamin B supplements can help! The videos I watched of a duckling with niacin deficiency looks just like mine does when it walks. Maybe its that?!?
    I really appreciate the input!
     
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  7. FluffTheDuck

    FluffTheDuck Duck love is recognizable in any language

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    Glad you might've figured it out! If you have a nearby Tractor Shoot Co. You should go there to look for vitimin b supplements :)
    By the way, do you have names for your cuties we call ducks? :)
     
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  8. Jpat

    Jpat Free Ranging

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    it might be worth taking the duckling inside and letting it bathe in warm water, Just to make sure its pooping normaly. But keep up with the vitamins

    One of my newest ducklings was born with its tail bent and as its growing its tail is permenently bent to the side
     
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  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Ephesians 6:13

    Please keep the drakes separated from your ducklings. And yes first thing to try is b complex and all can Benefit from it. Give the one having trouble walking half ml by mouth and put 1 ml into their drinking container. Hopefully you will have caught it in time . TSC has liquid b complex best there is.
     
  10. quackiemama

    quackiemama Free Ranging

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    Sorry I just saw this but you were given the best advice thus far. Hope your little duckling is going to be fine. B Complex is amazing stuff!
     

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