Ducklings eye started showing symptoms to disease previously encountered need help for treatment.

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I bought 3 ducklings about 3 days ago so they're about a week old now and once we got them they were ok but one of them started to become weak and had one eye closed and it was tearing as well the but the other was fine the day after. We were going to take him to the vet the next day because it was late but he didn't make it through the night but I talked to a teacher who is very knowledgeable about poultry and he said that it must have been a disease I can't remember the name of but hopefully you can still help what I do know is that it's transmitted through the ducklings eating each other feces. They seem healthy and happy at the moment and aren't showing signs of distress like our previous duckling. I was feeding the ducklings regular chick starter and after talking to my teacher he said to feed them medicated chick food even though I read they can over medicate so I have just been mixing the 2 chick starters together trying to counter that. Their faces are also a little runny but still solidish but the one I'm current concerned with doesn't seem to eat and drink as much as well as poop infact I haven't seen it do so. And one more note the ducklings are Pekin ducklings.
 

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Also this is their brooder with untreated timber shavings as the bedding. I was also on a budget so couldn't get the best heatlamp.
 

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Ssp

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Welcome to BYC, how are your ducklings doing?
2 have passed the same way I tried everything I could however the last one is doing very good and going to check his poo through a microscope to see if he still has the disease before we get more ducklings.
 

Isaac 0

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2 have passed the same way I tried everything I could however the last one is doing very good and going to check his poo through a microscope to see if he still has the disease before we get more ducklings.

Sorry for your losses. I'm guessing you are referring to fecal flotation, so that'd mean your teacher is suspecting some type of parasitic infection? It seems highly unlikely that'd be the cause unless they have been outside.
 

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Sorry for your losses. I'm guessing you are referring to fecal flotation, so that'd mean your teacher is suspecting some type of parasitic infection? It seems highly unlikely that'd be the cause unless they have been outside.
I can't figure out how they got it either since they didn't go outside when they were with me so we assumed they already had it and when I told my teacher he was confident it was coccidiosis and I'm pretty sure you can see coccidia under a microscope but it's just to see can't really be sure ATM.
 

Isaac 0

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I can't figure out how they got it either since they didn't go outside when they were with me so we assumed they already had it and when I told my teacher he was confident it was coccidiosis and I'm pretty sure you can see coccidia under a microscope but it's just to see can't really be sure ATM.

Yep, Coccidiosis can be confirmed via fecal flotation, BUT rarely does Coccidiosis affect waterfowl, and it's more common with birds between the age of three-five weeks. I guess it wouldn't hurt, but IMO it seems highly unlikely that'd be the cause.

Were these ducklings shipped?
 

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Yep, Coccidiosis can be confirmed via fecal flotation, BUT rarely does Coccidiosis affect waterfowl, and it's more common with birds between the age of three-five weeks. I guess it wouldn't hurt, but IMO it seems highly unlikely that'd be the cause.

Were these ducklings shipped?
These ducklings died very quickly so I have no clue and no they were picked up.
 

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