Ducklings keep falling over ...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by melmunc, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. melmunc

    melmunc In the Brooder

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    Hi there - new to Backyard Chickens (and Ducks) forum....

    I have a new mom with a nest of 7 babies she had on the 8th of June... about 5 days in I noticed that 2 of the 7 babies kept falling over....

    First let me say 5 of the babies are completely fine - and mom is a champ protecting her babies and taking good care of them
    2 of the babies kept falling over - so i made some calls - and googled to see what could be done ....

    I was feeding medicated feed per the animal supply store which is apparently a big no no.... switched feed after 2 days to non medicated all flock starter.

    start them on brewers yeast in their starter

    babies still not doing good a few days later - and i am helping babies to eat and stay hydrated but its stressing mom out with me coming and grabbing 2 of her babies every few hours....

    called a friend - she said to separate them and bring those 2 into the house in a box .... which i did about 4 days ago... still helping to feed and water the two who keep falling over by holding them upright while getting food/drink every few hours

    One seems to be slightly improving = the other seems to have gotten worse...

    I am giving the brewers yeast in their starter
    I am giving poulty vitamin (a drop at a time) in their mouth....

    Any other ideas on what to do... trying to figure out a way to keep a VERY VERY squirmy baby upright in the box for a few hours at a time while I am at work where he doesn't get out and fall over... he is spending so much time on his back, he has worn off the down on his back wings...

    Help?!
     
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  2. casportpony

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    Welcome to BYC! Can you go to Tractor Supply and get some vitamin b complex for cattle? If mine i would give each one some of that and see if that helps.
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  3. melmunc

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    I have the injectible vitamin b for some other livestock... is there an oral version that you mean?
     
  4. casportpony

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    I mean use the injectable orally. :D
     
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    It contains niacin and thiamine, whereas some poultry vitamins don't contain thiamine.
     
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  6. sylviethecochin

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    x2 on the vitamins.

    A note on medicated feed: It doesn't hurt ducklings. In almost all cases, it's medicated with Amprollium. Amprollium is not poisonous to ducks in the quantities found in a feed bag.
     
  7. melmunc

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    I have that exact stuff - what dosage am I giving - a drop or two ?
     
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    I would give 2-5 drops, but not more than 1/10 ml. Do you have 1 ml syringes?
     
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  9. melmunc

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    Yes I sure do...if its a thiamine deficiency - how soon would one expect improvement?
     
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    Two of the chicks I treated were 100% normal after a few hours, but the duckling took a few days. You might also consider giving vitamin e.
     
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