From France

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bryherdian, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. bryherdian

    bryherdian Hatching

    Jun 6, 2010
    Hello everyone,

    I have just found this web page on my frantic search for help with my Duckling. I know - its a forum for chickens but I am desperate.
    I live in rural France although I am English by birth. It has taken almost a lifetime to achieve this ambition, but here I am and loving it. I am not a spring chicken as you will have guessed and although I have always had horses and dogs, no matter where I lived, it is the first time I have actually had land of my own. Its a very small smallholding, called a fermette but it is as much as I can cope with. I now have two ponies, one of which I drive with a trap, two goats, two cats, 10 chickens, 3 chicks, one lovely cockerel and four ducklings, plus of course a large vegie patch. I am passionate about my animals and I am delighted to have found a forum of like minded people.
    I have an urgent immediate problem however which prompted my search on the internet. Its the weekend, I am in a very rural area and one of the ducklings is very poorly. She is weak, cannot walk more than a couple of steps, she is losing all her newly appearing flight feathers and will not eat or drink. I will, of course, go straight to the vets in the morning but if I could just help her to get through the night, I would be so happy. She is isolated, in a box with straw and wrapped in a small blanket but how can a little creature like that survive for two days without even a drink? She is about 6/7 weeks old by the way. My feeling is that she has some form of defficiency,, but what? The other three are thriving. Any help would be so welcome.
    Best Wishes to everyone.
  2. chick4chicks

    chick4chicks Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    N.E. Pa.
    [​IMG] So glad to have you on here. There are duck threads on here so check them out. Hope the poor baby gets better. Sometimes they need niacin, mix it with water 100 to 150 mg per gallon of water. Good luck. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I don't keep waterfowl so I can't help you with the duck. There is a duck specific forum here on the board that you could ask in and likely get some advice.

    I can welcome you to the board though. I love to see international members and hear about what they are doing.
  4. Ewe Mama2

    Ewe Mama2 Songster

    Mar 26, 2009
    Northeastern Ohio
    Wecome to BYC!

    So sorry one of your little ones isn't doing well. When my ducks aren't acting "normal" I usually put some molasses in with their water. Or electrolytes. Or Apple Cider Vinegar. Try posting your question in the Duck area of the forum and hopefully we can help you and your duckling out.
  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. Good advice given. Make sure you give as much info. and you can think of. ex. what kind of feed, housing, bedding, when symptoms started, is it pooping, ect. I hope it gets better. [​IMG]
  6. RAWR

    RAWR Songster

    May 26, 2009
    who wants to know?
    [​IMG] from SW Indiana (USA) :3 [​IMG]
    so cool your from France! nice to have y'a here [​IMG]
  7. ThePigeonKid

    ThePigeonKid Songster

    May 24, 2010
    Ohio - Chickens 3yrs
    [​IMG] from Ohio! [​IMG] Glad you joined! [​IMG]
  8. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    I do hope your baby will be fine. Like everyone has pointed to you to the duck threads. Certain you will get some answers there. [​IMG] [​IMG] from S. Florida. Its great to have you join us.
  9. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    [​IMG] Well it's about time! I have a Frizzled hen named after you. "Frenchy". I'm glad your here. Now that we're friends can you send me some Marans? Just kidding. Nice to know you. Thanks for the Statue.

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