help from Duck people sick duckling

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sugar Sand Farm, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Songster

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    Hi I know this is a chicken emergency forum but I need help with my 2 week old duckling I noticed this morning he is croughing or trying to He keeps opening his bill and making a strange coughing sound. I haven't taken him out of the brooder yet as I don't want to tramatize him but I don't know what to do. I only have sulmet,vitamins and FishFlex on hand as antibotiics. Whast can I give him ? He hasn't gotten cold as I have a heat lamp in the brooker and its reading 82-85 degrees. He is inside in a very warm room Any response would be appreciated.
  2. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    Sounds like he may have tried to eat a piece of the brooder bedding.

    is he drinking at all?
  3. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

    Mar 10, 2007
    Southern Wisconsin
    I agree. Sounds like something is caught in his throat and he is trying to dislodge it by coughing. Can you hold him and look and see if you see anything? Offer plenty of water, and he may cough it up or swallow it down. Keep a good watch that he is able to breath alright and doesnt get worse. If he worsens, take him in to the vet.
  4. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Don't use any meds until you figure out was is wrong. Like the others said, he most likely eat a piece of bedding, with plenty of water he should be just fine.

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