EMERGENCY: sick or injured duck please help!!

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  1. house.of.ducks

    house.of.ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I came home today and my female welsh harlequin duck who’s a little under a year old was laying in the kiddie pool. I was wondering why she didn’t run away when my 3 year old cousin ran up to to her try and pet her. Turns out she can’t walk. All she will do is lay on the ground with her legs limply behind her, she can hardly move them. I’m so so worried bc every now and then her head will shake, almost like she’s shivering. She’s eating a bit and is having no trouble drinking. All of my other ducks are doing perfectly fine. I’m so so worried about her. Could she possibly be egg bound? I only found one egg in their pen today and we have 3 females who have been laying. She’s my gfs duck and both of us would he so heartbroken if anything happened to her.
     
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  2. house.of.ducks

    house.of.ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I came home today and my female welsh harlequin duck who’s a little under a year old was laying in the kiddie pool. I was wondering why she didn’t run away when my 3 year old cousin ran up to to her try and pet her. Turns out she can’t walk. All she will do is lay on the ground with her legs limply behind her, she can hardly move them. I’m so so worried bc every now and then her head will shake, almost like she’s shivering. She’s eating a bit and is having no trouble drinking. All of my other ducks are doing perfectly fine. I’m so so worried about her. Could she possibly be egg bound? I only found one egg in their pen today and we have 3 females who have been laying. She’s my gfs duck and both of us would he so heartbroken if anything happened to her.
     
  3. Ducksandchickens

    Ducksandchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    Take her to the vet
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Is there any chance you can take her to a vet? That would be best. If not, can you tell us exactly what you have been feeding her?
     
  5. house.of.ducks

    house.of.ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don’t think we can afford the vet right now :(. We’d usually be able to but we’re going through some financial stuff right now. We ran out of their food for a few days and got more today but while we didn’t have the regular food we were givin them whole corn, oats, bok choy, and kale. All of the other ducks seem perfectly fine and the water is always clean.
     
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  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    If she is laying age I suggest you get her some layer feed. You might also want to get some B vitamins and calcium in her. Can you go to Tractor Supply and get a bag of layer feed, injectable calcium, and injectable B complex?
     
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  7. house.of.ducks

    house.of.ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    UPDATE: I had come in from the house to give her some poultry vitamins and literally after two sips she started to struggle and stood up and flapped her wings and walked over to the other ducks. She’s a bit wobbly but she’s doing so much better and is drinking out of the pool and preening and foraging and I’m so so happy. It was a quick scare and I’m not sure what was up. I’m thinking maybe she ate something bc as soon as she stood up she pooped and then walked to the others. Or maybe my drake mated with her a bit too much bc I had found her laying in the pool. But anyway I think she’ll be okay bc she’s eating and walking around. She’s a bit shaken but other than tha is completely normal. I’ll just keep an eye on her I guess :love
     
  8. house.of.ducks

    house.of.ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And I’ve been feeding them oyster shells, their crushed up egg shells, and kale for calcium :). I just went to tsc a couple hours ago but if things get bad again I’ll go back and get those vitamins and calcium injections :)
     
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  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    You don't have to inject them either they can be given orally or placed on top of some yummy treats.
     
  10. house.of.ducks

    house.of.ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!!
     
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