Head shaking?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Carrosaur, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. Carrosaur

    Carrosaur Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 2 week old Pekin and random times during the day he drops he sporadically shakes his head and body for a good six seconds and usually falls down. Is this a brain problem?? Anything I can do to help?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    If you are feeding chick starter, he may be having neurological problems due to low niacin.

    Either sprinkle a tablespoon of brewer's yeast on his food, or add 150 mg of plain niacin - not no-flush, not timed release - per gallon of drinking water for the next 8 weeks.
     
  3. Carrosaur

    Carrosaur Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Carrosaur

    Carrosaur Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does this mean it will get better? Or Is he stuck with this problem?
     
  5. Amiga

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    In most of the cases I have seen on the forum, if it is a niacin deficiency, that takes care of it.

    Has the duckling been injured?
     
  6. Carrosaur

    Carrosaur Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No not that I know of. Unless the people I got him from dropped him or something???
     
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Let's go for the more common and fixable idea that it may be a niacin deficiency. And just follow the recommendations for raising ducklings. Have you read the Raising Ducklings Sticky yet? Do you have a book on raising ducklings? Those can be helpful.


    Definitely at least read the sticky.
     
  8. Carrosaur

    Carrosaur Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where to find sticky? One of the ducks just pooped, looks like blood. Dark brown/red
     
  9. Amiga

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    A vet is always best. There are serious infections ducklings can get.

    What does he eat?

    Getting grit?
     
  10. Carrosaur

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    Both ducklings are eating DuMOR chick starter, no grit.
     

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