baby ducking not moving much and liquid is coming out of nose, and is trying to peep but

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by orangebirdd, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. orangebirdd

    orangebirdd Hatching

    Apr 23, 2019
    I just baby chicks and ducklings a couple days ago. I have been keeping their bedding very clean, they are under heat lamp, and have starter feed, and water.
    Today I went to check on them and noticed that the baby duckling we call blondie is not doing so well. I had them out it the yard yesterday for about 15 minutes in the sun.

    Today blondie who usually runs from us is hardly moving when we go to pick her up. She is being really calm, and seems sleepy. She is trying to make peep sounds but all that happens is a puff of air and liquid comes out of her nostrils, eventually after trying ling enough the faintest peep cracks through.

    I don't know what could be wrong with her, any ideas?
  2. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Hi there, welcome to BYC! :frow

    It sounds very much like your duckling inhaled water and is essentially drowning right now. Prognosis is poor if crackling sounds are heard, in my experience. :(

    What starter are you using? Does it have enough niacin to prevent leg issues if you have more ducklings? Some brands do, most don't. How old are your babies now? How many have ya got?

    Sorry. :fl
  3. orangebirdd

    orangebirdd Hatching

    Apr 23, 2019

    Im using a starter by natures best, it doesn't say that it contains niacin but its a special starter just for ducks. checking on her again now about an hour later she is still struggling to make sound but when sound does come out its not crackling anymore and there id no more liquid coming from her nostrils.
  4. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

  5. danceswithronin

    danceswithronin Crowing

    May 24, 2018
    Sounds kind of like aspiration pneumonia. What are you watering them out of?
  6. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

    Feb 9, 2015
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    Ducklings need water deep enough to run it through their mouth and slosh it out the nostrils. They really only swallow about half of what goes into their mouth. Never allow a duckling to have feed without water.
    Also what kind of bedding are you using? They sometimes will noodle and chew on things like pine chips, etc. They don’t usually eat it, but will wallow it in their mouth, so it’s possible the little one couldn’t rinse it well enough.

    Hopefully she is doing better now?

    Maybe post a picture of your setup, sometimes that gives us a clue about possible issues.

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