Duck with possible scoliosis??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Fisherlmiranda, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. Fisherlmiranda

    Fisherlmiranda Songster

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    I'm thinking that one of my 4 week old Welsh harlequins has scoliosis. I've given them brewers yeast in the chick starter since birth. Lots of peas and dandelion greens. They have had vitamins in their water a few times. Because since birth I've noticed something "off" about this duck. Hes the one that was malpositon in the egg and peeping away from the air cell and hatched 2 days after the other duck. Hes always been really weird doing a flip when he gets scared. Walking in a circle till he falls over. Now hes starting to look noticeably different. He looks bent right at his wings, runs a little sideways, body looks short from the side, right hip seems to stick out . What do you all think. Is scoliosis what I'm dealing with here. Screenshot_20180619-203813_Gallery.jpg 20180619_200949.jpg 20180619_200933.jpg 20180619_200822(0).jpg 20180619_200428.jpg
     
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  3. Jpat

    Jpat Crowing

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    He sure is cute! Hope you get the right advise. And it sounds like your definitly trying your best

    I read here that ducks can live amazing lives even with birth defects
     
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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    I remember @casportpony showing some info on scoliosis I'll try and find the info evidently it can happen.
     
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  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    It's probably scoliosis.
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    Abstract
    Summary

    Scoliosis is a genetic defect occurring in the white Pekin duck. It results from an abnormal growth of individual vertebrae. Curvature of the spine is not obvious at the time of hatching, but histological evidence of portions of the notochord is present and this is associated with an abnormal growth of the vertebrae. Scoliosis may be grossly obvious in ducks 40 days old. Of 282 white Pekins, 28.4% had scoliosis but only a few had a vertebral abnormality that was evident in the living bird. Scoliosis was not observed in the Mallard or the Muscovy, but occurred in 22.2% of 27 hybrids resulting from the mating of the Muscovy male with the white Pekin female.
     
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  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Can a duck live a pretty normal life with this? I guess it depends on how bad it is. I know people can live a pretty normal life I have a friend with it and she is in her late 80's .

    Does your little one get around good? @Fisherlmiranda
     
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  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Even though the above says that scoliosis was not observed in Muscovies and Mallards doesn't mean that Muscovies, Mallards and other breeds can't get it and I say that because I did have a Muscovy drake with it.
     
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  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    How is he doing?
     
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  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Mine did, but I was worried about him breeding, so I sold him.
     
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    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

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