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Convulsing Duckling?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Omniskies, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. Omniskies

    Omniskies Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    We have a Black East Indies duckling here that is about a week old. He's with three other ducklings and a few chicks - all are doing fine other than him.

    A few minutes ago we went to the cage and saw him standing there. He dropped, convulsed, stopped and came out of it a few seconds later. He's now resting normally, albeit extremely quiet.

    Does anyone know what this could be or what can be done to keep it from happening again?

  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member Premium Member 11 Years

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Does he have deep enough water to wash down his feed? He may have been choking. Are you feeding him mash or crumble? medicated or non?

    He should have non medicated starter crumble at 28% protein.
  3. OurLittleFarm

    OurLittleFarm In the Brooder

    Feb 23, 2008
    South Western PA
    I would separate him untill I knew what was wrong. Siezure like activity followed by a period of sleepiness is charateristic of a nuerological problem. It could be physical or from an illness.
  4. Omniskies

    Omniskies Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    He's on 21% food, I think. Non-medicated crumble. There is plenty of water and no way he can get in the dish. He went down and up in a matter of seconds, so it's hard to tell whether this was the first time or we just happened to finally see it.

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