Baby Duckling with a head tilt -

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MZQTPI, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. MZQTPI

    MZQTPI New Egg

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    About 2 weeks ago at my local market we purchased to baby ducklings "Kamikaze & Fetta". The where yellow and I would say around 4wks - 6wks old. Everything was going fine and smoothly with the Little ones till I came home to find the larger one "kamikaze" has a head tilt and a lil bit of a tilt when walking. Eating and drinking is still fine. I have rang many vets and haven't been able to get any answers.
    Any feedback or advice would be highly appreciated.



    Jess xo
     
  2. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Make SURE you feed them game bird starter crumbles. It contains the niacin that ducks need.
    Wry neck is a sign of lack of niacin. (and so is lameness)

    Also provide lots of water for drinking.
     
  3. Iain Utah

    Iain Utah Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a duck that had this problem. It is called wry neck. I believe it is a B vitamin (thiamine) problem. Give your duck 3-4 drops of polyvisol (WITHOUT iron) every day. You can toss the drops in chopped up kale or romaine and serve as a treat. Polyvisol is a human infant multi vitamin drop which can be found at walmart for $7. My duck recovered 100% after about a week of treatment.

    Best of luck!
     
  4. MZQTPI

    MZQTPI New Egg

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    Thanks all.
    Since giving my duck the multivitamin his head is much better.
    Also another problem has arrived - He isn't walking on his feet anymore, He is mobile my hopping around and walking on his shanks.
    His shanks have gone swollen and are warm. I am trying my best to keep duck comfortable, although he doesn't seem in pain.
    I am taking him on a ride to the animal welfare league in Kemp's creek NSW to hopefully see a vet.

    Anyone been through the same? any advice?
     
  5. Iain Utah

    Iain Utah Overrun With Chickens

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    I have not encountered that issue.... yet. Hope someone answers your last post. However, I am curious as to what you are feeding your ducklings?
     

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