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Duckling can't walk

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ChelseaNZ, Sep 22, 2017.

  1. ChelseaNZ

    ChelseaNZ Hatching

    Sep 22, 2017
    Hi all,
    I have adopted a duckling that was left in the nest when the rest walked off. The duckling can't walk and I'm not sure if its because its week or somthing else, it's legs just seem to stick out to the side and it can't stand up. It also only has one eye. It won't eat or drink but I have shown it where the water is and have introduced it to some crumbled up chook food in water but not keen. I'm not sure what to feed it to give it some strength. It is currently nestled in a towel on top off a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel. I have checked its not to hot for it. Any advice?? What should I feed it?
    I think it is less than 1 day old
  2. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Songster 5 Years

    Jul 18, 2013
    Kalispell MT
    Ducklings need more niacin than other birds. If they don't get enough niacin their legs become weak and they can't stand. You'll need to go to the store. I used the health food store and buy some Brewer's Yeast. Regular yeast that you use to raise bread will not work. Sprinkle the Brewer's Yeast over the duckling's food. To speed up the healing you might want to put some niacin in the duckling's water. The gel caps you want are regular niacin, not the non flush free or the timed released stuff. About 100 mg in a gallon of water should do.
    Maddy10122 likes this.
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma Premium Member

    Possibly deformed being it also has no eye? Was the eye injured or missing?
    Might not make it?
    Wet the chick starter feed to a soupy mix and use your finger as you peep to encourage it to eat...

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