Duckling Flipping on Back, Gasping

ashalymarie

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Jun 30, 2008
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Last night one of the babies was found dead right after being with her all day and she was fine now this one has the same story but is still alive. Was just fine a few hours ago.
 

Miss Lydia

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Last night one of the babies was found dead right after being with her all day and she was fine now this one has the same story but is still alive. Was just fine a few hours ago.
Why is it near water? way to young to be in water with out heat make a donut out of a towel and place it on it to keep it up right. make sure it is warm enough.
 

Olamina

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Mar 29, 2013
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Ok so the bad news is I don't know what's wrong with your babies. The good news is that you came to the right place and I'm sure everyone will do all they can to help you and your little ones. That being said I have some questions for you: What are your ducks eating and has anything changed recently in their diet? Do your ducks have access to water when they are outside? Have they shown any signs of heat exhaustion such as panting? Have you noticed anything out of the ordinary about them besides the flipping over and then dying? (hugs)

Ok now for a little advice, and this is just what I have seen recommended on here for sick birds in general, quarantine your baby that is having the health issues (unless there are no other ducks?) , the warm towel doughnut was a great idea, if you have any poultry electrolyte/vitamin packs it'd be good to give her some in her water ( I believe you can substitute plain non flavored pedialyte but I am not sure what quantity is ok for a duck), if consulting a vet is an option for you I'd recommend that too. I hope this has at least been a little helpful. We're rooting for your lil guys to pull thru!
 

Amiga

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Keep her warm - 90 degrees if she's a week old, minus five degrees for each additional week of age. If she's 2 weeks, 80 degrees, etc. (That's degrees F).

Until you are sure what's going on, vitamins, electrolytes and probiotics are a safe supplement. Activated charcoal - the supplement, not briquettes - added to her water, a tablespoon per quart to absorb toxins.

Meanwhile,

how old is she?
food? type and is it with her 24/7
water system?
number of ducklings total?
other animals and people in the household?
temperature of the brooder?
has she eaten any treats?
any houseplants she can get into? goes outside?
is she crested?
Are you the only one who has access to the brooder?
 
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