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Duckling Seizure?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ThePaulsRanch, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. ThePaulsRanch

    ThePaulsRanch Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all. I have a 5 week old Pekin duckling that has thrashed 3 times, in about 19 hours. We will hear her in the brooder, and when we get there she is laying, thrashing her wings, her neck in a strange position. Is it a lack in her nutrition? She is on starter/ grower, with added yeast flakes sprinkled on top every day or other day. Any suggestions would be so much appreciated!! She also shakes every now and then. Not sure what is going on. Please help.
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    It could be a nutrient deficiency, for sure. Could be the start of wry neck. I'd pick up some Poultry Nutri Drench ASAP and give some to her directly each day along with adding some to the water, and see if it helps.

    Also, is she crested?
     
  3. ThePaulsRanch

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    The good thing is, I have Nutri French so I will add that in to their water! She is not crested. Thank you so much! Last night she did it at least 2 more times, and got on her back.
     
  4. ThePaulsRanch

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    Oops. Spell check. Nutri Drench!
     
  5. ThePaulsRanch

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    I put it in their water, and will keep doing it for several days. Is there anything else I can also give her to help stop the siezures?
     
  6. LeiaLayers5

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    Hey I saw this thread and had to comment. Last year we got a duckling and out of nowhere she started having seizures so severe that she would pass out. The first time it happened I thought she was dead. We ended up bringing her inside and keeping her in crate that was cushioned by blankets and towels and putting her on vitamins and supplements. Within a day or so they stopped and she never had them again. It was so horrible to watch but the only thing we could figure out at time, was that she must have been deficient in something and that extra bit of nutrients put her to rights. I think the advice the previous poster gave you is good. If it is something like what our Rey went through and they should be good to rights shortly after you provide that extra bit of nutrition. Hope it helps!
     
  7. ThePaulsRanch

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    Thank you so much! I am trying to give her extra nutrients, but as of right now, she isn't taking any of it.I am glad I am not the only one who has dealt with that.
     
  8. ThePaulsRanch

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    Hey I saw this thread and had to comment. Last year we got a duckling and out of nowhere she started having seizures so severe that she would pass out. The first time it happened I thought she was dead. We ended up bringing her inside and keeping her in crate that was cushioned by blankets and towels and putting her on vitamins and supplements. Within a day or so they stopped and she never had them again. It was so horrible to watch but the only thing we could figure out at time, was that she must have been deficient in something and that extra bit of nutrients put her to rights. I think the advice the previous poster gave you is good. If it is something like what our Rey went through and they should be good to rights shortly after you provide that extra bit of nutrition. Hope it helps! 
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    Leialayers5 how did you end up getting the supplements down your duck? My Pekin fights it. I am using drops from an eye dropped, but haven't succeeded much in getting a lot down her.
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    @ThePaulsRanch take a small needle less syringe and put it right inside her bill and gently give her the Nutri drench each time giving her time to swallow you want it in her system fast and this is the way to do it. Go by directions on the bottle on how much to give.
     
  10. ThePaulsRanch

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    Thank you, I will give that a try. I only have a tiny glass eyedropper, but I can stick that end into her mouth and squeeze a little at a time. Though it seems to take her a long time before she decides to swallow.
     

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