Brand new duckling can't peep

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by cymbaline, May 3, 2016.

  1. cymbaline

    cymbaline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My friend got some ducklings from TSC. One appeared to be a very new baby, and it can't make a sound. It finally started eating and drinking, thank goodness (one reason why I think it was very new, other than its appearance - I know they don't need to eat for the first few days), but still no noise. He's 4-5 days old now, I believe.
    Here's a video she sent me...any ideas?

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  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Could be a congenital condition with the voice, could be a slight irritation or injury (or something else, but those are the first things I could think of).

    For right now, make sure the little has proper food, with fresh water 24/7, a way to safely rinse his or her little head frequently, proper temperature, safe environment, all that (see the Raising Ducklings sticky). Please give us an update in a day or two....
     
  3. cymbaline

    cymbaline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks :)
    I believe she has all of that going on. Her other ducklings are a few weeks older and are all doing fine...she just wanted to "rescue" this one because of his issues. Someone else mentioned it could be a sinus issue and to make sure he can dunk his head...she said he could, but she's never seem him actually do it.
     
  4. Amiga

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    Some poultry vitamins in their drinking water will help boost his little immune system. Once a week, maybe twice a week.

    Keeping the temps right, all that, and supervised time in water that is brooder temperature or a couple degrees warmer. Then make sure he either starts preening right away, or dry him off with a dry washcloth. Gotta prevent chills.
     
  5. cymbaline

    cymbaline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She took the little baby to the vet yesterday and they told her it had an infection. [​IMG] She's got meds to give it twice a day...fingers crossed he comes out okay.[​IMG]
     

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