DUCK CANNOT HOLD HEAD UP

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BunnyStyles, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. BunnyStyles

    BunnyStyles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Guys, ,I need help now, my duckling can not hold her head up much I found her in the coop not moving, and when i picked her up, she couldn't hold her head up much, she is drinking and eating a bit but she can not hold her head up much, can someone please help me, I want her to survive

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  2. Eggcessive

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    Has your duck been outside where she might have eaten something in a pond or creek that could have given her botulism? Symptoms are paralysis of legs, wings, and inability to hold up the neck. Is she pretty young? Coccidiosis is another illness that makes them very weak. Corid or Sulmet is the treatment. Do you have electrolytes, Pedialyte, or Gatorade to feed her? Here are some links to read, and I would also post on the duck forum for more duck people to see this:
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/19/botulism
    http://www.wcsv.org/education/diseases/duck-botulism/
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/28/coccidiosis-intestinal-of-ducks-and-geese

    Duck Forum: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks
     
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  3. BunnyStyles

    BunnyStyles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you and we put her in the pond we have yesterday, she cant walk much, she can move her wings abit and she is nearly 6 weeks old and we dont have any of that stuff, but we have some money we can buy that stuff. We are just trying to find it right now, and i have gatorade somewhere.
     
  4. Eggcessive

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    Since she is young she may have coccidiosis, but watch for the symptoms of botulism. Corid in the water is great for coccidiosis. It is used in cattle. Dosage of Corid is 2 tsp of the liquid, or 1.5 tsp for the powder per gallon of water for 5-7 days. Sulmet dosage is different. Just post here if you need that. Animals with botulism, if they survive for 48 hours, may recover with help eating and drinking. Good luck.
     
  5. BunnyStyles

    BunnyStyles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    she has most of the symptoms of botulism, she cant stand or walk, seems paralysed and she is weak, she can hold a bit of her body up but not for a long time, literally not even for 2 secs. we are going to all the pet stores near us to see if they have treatments for botulism and coccidiosis
     
  6. Eggcessive

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    There is really no treatment for botulism without an avian vet and great expense. Corid or Sulmet is the treatment for coccidiosis, which is from a protozoan infection from the soil which affects young chickens and ducks under 20 weeks, and sometimes older. Treating her with electrolyte water givenwith a dropper or any way to vet it into her, and giving ner food may help if it is the dreaded botulism. Is it warm where you live now?
     
  7. BunnyStyles

    BunnyStyles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what about charcoal slurry ?
     

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