Duck Medication And Info Thread!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by featherfinder, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. featherfinder

    featherfinder Runner Lover

    I see so many people post about what they can give their ducks when they are sick and how to administer it. I think it would be great if we compiled it all into one informational thread were everything can be in one locationation. Anything from predator attacks and how to treat wounds to what anibiotics are safe for ducks and what they should be used for and how much should be used. I myself do not know alot about all the duck safe things so please anyone who does know any of the above I mentioned or think it should be added to this list just tell me and I wil keep the list going. Anyone please feel free to correct any of this if it is wrong.

    Naicin- 100-150mg per gallon of water.
    Used for growing ducklings to help with the legs. Can also be given to help with leg injuries.

    Angel wing- Vet tape or medical tape to help put the wing back into its natural place.
    Main cause is to much protien

    Poly-V-Sol -Baby vitamin (non-iron) not sure on dosage or correct use

    Blue kote-
    Cuts and scrapes from pecking or other incidents.

    Administering oral medications threw a syringe-
    1. Prep some of your duck's favorite treat and put it somewhere out of sight but easy to access
    2. Prep the syringe and keep it somewhere convenient
    3. Sit down and hold your duck on your lap facing away from you
    4. Place your left hand on the ducks chest and slide it up until you're cupping the head and bill. Gently push the head and neck against your chest. (ducks will move their head back and down to escape. Your left hand keeps the head from going down and your chest stops is from going backwards.
    5. Using your right hand, carefully pry open the duck's mouth. Once it is open put the tips of your thumb and index finger (left hand) partially in her mouth to keep it from shutting.
    6. Now that your right hand is free again, grab the syringe
    7. Carefully slide the syringe down the duck's throat. Don't use any more force than you would pushing against your own eyeball. If you feel resistance, try to tilt the duck's head up more.
    8. Carefully press down on the plunger and dump the medicine directly into the crop.
    9. Pull out the syringe and let go of your duck.
    10. Apologize for manhandling (duckhandling?) her by offering her favorite treat. (this is important to prevent long term trust issues)

    Lets keep adding and see if we can get everything one here!
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I like this idea - we already have a sticky for things to put in a duck first aid kit. I agree that having details on how to use these things is a logical, helpful next step.

    Duck_feeder recently responded to one of my questions with an excellent detailed explanation of how to give your duck liquid oral medication.
  3. featherfinder

    featherfinder Runner Lover

    I have seen the sticky for the first aid but it doesnt have like injectible or oral and how to use it. Its just a list of what you need. I would like to start how to use things and how much and what for.

    Could you give me the thread on oral meds so I can add it to this list? And anything else you can think of? [​IMG]
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
  5. featherfinder

    featherfinder Runner Lover

    Thank you! adding it now. Anything else you know about I can add in?
  6. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Several of the powdered antibiotics intended for use in drinking water, are labeled for use with poultry.

    The only problem, is that they often give directions that involve mixing the entire package with so many gallons of water. All well and fine if you have 3,000 birds.

    When you get the packet of antibiotic, open it and carefully measure the amount of antibiotic in the package. Write it down. Figure out how much of the powder goes into just one gallon of water. Write it down.

    Then seal the envelope and your written notes into something airtight. I use a Ziploc bag, but any moisture-proof container will work. Store it in the fridge.

    When you need antibiotic for your poultry, you can measure out the correct amount to go into one gallon of water, mix it up, and give it to your bird.

    With my antibiotic, I have looked up what the dosage is per pound of dog and figured out how much of the powder is the correct dosage for my dogs, and I also have that written down and stored with the powder.

    Several different types of antibiotic are available from livestock supply houses on-line.

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