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Duckling emergency! Constantly opening and closing beak.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Ecrewe, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. Ecrewe

    Ecrewe Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 29, 2016
    Two days ago my first ducklings hatched under my silkie hen. One of them (a runner duckling) seemed to have difficulty walking, so I moved it into a brooder. I gently lowered its beak on water every hour to ensure it didn't dehydrate and I also provided a mixture of scrambled egg and milled corn which the duckling ignored. This morning I added 1 tsp of honey and 1/4 of a teaspoon of salt to 1 liter of water to make an electrolyte solution. All seemed well until an hour ago when the duckling began peeping and constantly opening and closing its mouth. The brooder is at 27 *c, so the duckling should not be overheated. I am not sure what else I can do. Please help.
  2. Ecrewe

    Ecrewe Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 29, 2016
    Solved. Phew! Duckling miraculously recovered.
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    My goodness! Still okay?
  4. SunflowerTheBun

    SunflowerTheBun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2016
    Victoria, Australia.
    Interesting! :pop

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