HELP ASAP baby duck arching backwards and falling over

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ChickenTiff, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. ChickenTiff

    ChickenTiff In the Brooder

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    My baby duck is less than a week old and was FINE yesterday. Following me around all the time and snuggling with me. Now he has not made a single peep and is not moving much occationally arching backwards and falling over...HELP PLEASE I DONT WANT HIM TO DIE!!
    Tiffany
     
  2. I don't know - hope more experienced people can help. But I'll try.
    Ducklings often need extra niacin for their neurological system. Get a bottle of niacin tablets, (often found at grocery stores) crush a tablet an put it in the drinking water. Also there is a type of vitamins for birds called Polyvisol you can find at Walmart in their pet department. Put a couple of drops in the side of it's bill.
     
  3. kwack

    kwack In the Brooder

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    Quote:I concur.

    My Cayuga duckling had wry neck and after coddling it with poly-vi-sol, brewer's yeast and vit E he's fine. As an added benefit, he's the friendliest after all the extra handling. He never fell over but he moved funny until it resolved.


    Good luck!
     
  4. Yes - brewers yeast is a good way to get the niacin and other B vitamins. I get it bulk in powder form at the health food store, or a lot of stores sell it in tablet form too.
     
  5. Crickett

    Crickett Songster

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    If you can't find the poly-vi-sol in the pet section, it's also sold in the pharmacy for babies (human type). Just make SURE that it is the kind WITHOUT IRON! You can put a couple drops in the water for your duckies if you like.
     
  6. ChickenTiff

    ChickenTiff In the Brooder

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    He didnt make it I cried. I loved that duck. He really was awesome. He would ride around in my pocket and just jabber away at me. He was a black bellied whistler. I wanna cry again....im heart broken.
    Tiff
     
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    I'm so sorry, sounds like you were really bonded.
     
  8. DuckHoney

    DuckHoney In the Brooder

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    I'm so sorry. I hope this never happens to you again. [​IMG]
     
  9. Muscovy Man

    Muscovy Man In the Brooder

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    I am so sorry about your loss [​IMG]. I had the same thing happen to some of my ducklings.
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2009
  10. duckboatprincess

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    I'm not trying to put salt on your wounds,but look this up: Duck Virus hepatitis. That sounds like what happened with your little one. Perhaps this can help in the future?

    Sorry about your baby.
     

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