Baby Khaki Campbell swollen cheek/ tiny :( Help please!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Gwen Fuller, Jun 20, 2017.

  1. Gwen Fuller

    Gwen Fuller In the Brooder

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    I am brand new to ducklings. We have 14 Khaki Campbell's from Metzer's and all are doing good except the runt. She was always tiny but now has developed a huge swelling on her cheek, not the eye. I see no scratches. It is soft. I added apple cider vinegar to her water (1 scant T per gallon) and let her dunk her head in the bowl first at every fill to clean herself out. I add electrolytes to the drinking water, a powder called rooster booster, and feed them TSC brand unmedicated organic chick starter with nutritional yeast flakes. They have chick grit with probiotics and nibble dandelion greens. I keep her bedding fresh and they are outdoors in a puppy pen with a tarp for shade over half of it, a bowl of fresh water, and a straw box to nestle in. I keep them indoors at night in the house in a plastic lined box with straw and puppy pads under a heat lamp if chilly. Should I buy an antibiotic? If so, what kind for a two week old very scrawny duckling? I am afraid she is not going to survive without more help. She is eating and acting normal but perhaps not growing really at all. I wish I knew someone in my area with more expertise than me! Please forgive my ignorance, this is my first batch of ducks.
     
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  2. Debs Flock

    Debs Flock Crossing the Road

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    Any chance you can post a picture of the 'ling with the swollen cheek?
     
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  3. Gwen Fuller

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    Thank you, yes! 20170621_204814.jpg
     
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  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Is there any drainage any open place on the swelling? have you checked inside of her mouth for maybe feed packed in her "cheek"
    Could be an abscess but I think that would happen from an injury.

    I really don't know but hopefully @casportpony or @Ravynscroft or @Pyxis have encountered something along these lines.
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Enlightened

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    Welcome to BYC!

    I suspect your duckling has a sinus infection. Is there any chance you can take her to a vet?
     
  7. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck

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    X2. Looks like sinus infection to me too...
     
  8. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi

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    I third the sinus infection. I had a drake with one once and it has the swelling in the same spot. Some antibiotics will clear that up, but you'll need to go to the vet for them.
     
  9. Gwen Fuller

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    Thank you SO MUCH for your help and advice! I am in over my head a little with 5 boys ages 7 and under and the ducklings, and now a sick one. My husband talked to someone at the local feed store just a bit ago based on the probable sinus infection diagnosis. He recommended Tylan 50... but that means we have to give her a shot...which makes me nervous. My husband's daughter is diabetic so he is used to syringes, I suppose we could try giving her a dose. I assume I will have to get a weight on her she is so tiny!
     
  10. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck

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    Yes, you do need her weight to give her an antibiotic... but if I remember correctly, Tylan is really hard on birds when injected, I believe you can give it to her orally... you'll have to draw it out with a needle, but then can give it orally... @casportpony will know for sure about Tylan and dosage, just need her weight... :)
     

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