Duckling with a hurt or possibly broken neck...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LinckHillPoultry, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    One of my muscovy ducklings broke or sprained its neck last night. He/she can however move it slightly. Whenever I pick it up, its' head hangs there, but whenever I let it sit and I observe it moving, the duckling will actually move its head around and look.

    I have it upstairs in my kitchen, on top of a counter on a heating pad. I feed it and water it, which it both eats and drinks. It has no problem going to the bathroom whatsoever.

    Is there anything I should or could do to make it as comfortable as possible?

    Thanks.
     
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    If it has a broken neck, it is best to put it out of is misery. Good lUck
     
  3. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    Oh I forgot to add that I felt the neck, and I felt no sort of break in it... [​IMG]

    Sundown, it doesn't seem to be in pain. She is always peeping and wagging her tail whenever I visit her.
    If I honestly thought or felt she was in pain, I would put her out of her misery, but at this point in time, I can't see myself doing that. [​IMG]
     
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  4. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Well, then if it sprained its neck, maybe that is why it is wobbly. I would give it a couple days, and then if it doesnt improve, I would euthanize the duckling.
     
  5. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    Well, she died.

    She somehow got on her back, and when I got to her she was dieing.
    She basically died, I revived her.

    Then, within minutes, she died again...[​IMG]

    In my hands...
     
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  6. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Oh. Im so sorry! I had a salmon favorelle chick that wasnt growing. She was about 6 weeks old, when I went out to check on her, she was laying in the bottom of the coop, almost dead. I picked her up and held her as she passed away. [​IMG]
     
  7. my ladiies

    my ladiies New Egg

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    My duck has a wond on his neck and he won't rIse his head very high like normal-it's not hanging. He's drinking but not eating. I'm hoping the wound will heal and he will get better-any suggestions? I watered done some chicken scratch and he drank a little of it. He waddles around following the other duck:( I feel so bad for the little guy.
     
  8. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Welcome, my ladiies, can you tell us what happened? Was he attacked, or get into an accident?

    The wound needs to be kept clean, and away from flies. I would get him into a clean safe place with good bedding and lots of fresh water, an unbreakable mirror so he won't feel so alone.

    I would rinse the wound with either saline solution or Vetericyn four times a day.

    This thread may give you some good ideas for what to do. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/940378/very-injured-duck-in-need-of-help

    You could also post over on the duck thread, https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks
     
  9. duckmom14

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    i have ducks and the same thing happend to one of them [​IMG]so sad about it i was crying for 1 hour
     
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  10. my ladiies

    my ladiies New Egg

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    Just wanted to say my duck is great-we vet wrapped it for a long time and eventually put her back with the other ducks and she healed:) thank you God!
     

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