Help! My duck throws his head back!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lindsbradway, Nov 12, 2016.

  1. lindsbradway

    lindsbradway Just Hatched

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    My 4 week old Welsh Harlequin duckling last week, started throwing his head back when he drank his water or his food. I know ducklings tilt their heads back but this is nothing like that. He does it in an almost violent way and when he does this he half lays down and then proceeds to throw his head back and his whole body goes backwards with him sometimes. Help me! What's wrong with my duckling?!
     
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Are you wetting the feed? That could help lots......Make it a soupy mix.....

    try that......

    Cheers!
     
  3. lindsbradway

    lindsbradway Just Hatched

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    I tried this when they were 1 week old and it helped but now he's 4 weeks old and just started doing this recently. I add a bit of water to his dish but he still seems to throw his head back even when drinking water I have no clue what's up. Could he have something wrong with his neck maybe?
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Possibly wry neck?
    I have zero experience with that.......Hope others who know that condition chime in soon.......


    Cheers!
     
  5. lindsbradway

    lindsbradway Just Hatched

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    Possibly, I'll look more into it. Thank you!
     

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