Does my duckling have a problem?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Spooka, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. Spooka

    Spooka Just Hatched

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    Hi all!

    I'm a new member and I would really appreciate some duckling advice! I love ducks! I have 5 adult ducks and 5 baby ducks smile.png I have a 2 day old call duckling that may have a defect of some kind. It jumps suddenly and erratically, it has splayed legs so I'm not sure if that is contributing to the problem or if it's a brain thing sad.png all the other ducklings sit still sometimes, it's as if this little one is having a twitch or something.
    Has anyone else experienced anything like this before? It sometimes gets stuck ok it's back and can't get back up, breaks my heart! Even when it is covered up, it will be falling asleep then just wake up running and flapping about until it is falling asleep! It eventually stopped the waking up and going crazy thing after 10 mins and is now sleeping peacefully.
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    What does this sound like? Any advice welcome
    Thanks!
     
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  2. PearlTheDuck

    PearlTheDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you sure she's not having seizures?


    Welcome to BYC :)
     
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  3. PearlTheDuck

    PearlTheDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My duck pete ( RIP Pete :( ) as a baby would fall on his back and couldn't get up unless I helped him, later on he started having seizures, started 1 seizure every two hours to 3 seizures an hour, we had to put him down, one of the hardest things I had to do. He was crested and he was born with neurological problems so there was nothing I could do. I can't tell, is your duck crested?
     
  4. Spooka

    Spooka Just Hatched

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    I'm not sure, it sure looks like she can't control it! Is there anything I can do if it is seizures?
     
  5. PearlTheDuck

    PearlTheDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If she is crested there will be a small cotton ball like tuft of feathers on the back of her head, it's when theres a hole in the brain and skull and a lump of fat and feathers cover the hole, hint the cotton ball of feathers and crested ducks are prone to neurological issues, that's why pete died, he was crested.

    Or it could be a niacin deficiency which ducks 1 - 8 weeks are prone to

    To treat niacin deficiency: sprinkle brewers yeast (not the kind of yeast you cook with) over her food until 8 weeks (I will send a picture of the yeast i used for my ducks)

    Niacin deficiency can cause seizures and in severe cases cause leg problems, which might be the issue with your duck
     
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  6. Spooka

    Spooka Just Hatched

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    Oh wow! Ok, thanks! I hope this is the case and brewers yeast will help :D

    She has a little patch of flat feathers on the back of her head, she is a call duck, no crest.

    Thanks for helping x
     
  7. PearlTheDuck

    PearlTheDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Of course, no problem :)

    Here's the brewers yeast i used

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  8. Spooka

    Spooka Just Hatched

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    She does have a flat spot on the back of her head and it feels like a soft spot, is that abnormal?
     
  9. PearlTheDuck

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    Hmm, don't really know what that could be
     
  10. Spooka

    Spooka Just Hatched

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    I had a proper feel of this spot and it's just flat feathers [​IMG] Oops! I'll keep you updated on how she progresses x thanks!
     

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