HELP NEEDED - Staggering, dying ducklings

Ethan MI

In the Brooder
12 Years
Dec 16, 2007
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Grand Rapids, MI
I have a dozen ducklings, and not all related. They are all having trouble walking. They have been growing fast and eating and drinking fine. However, I found two dead today. The next one I may take to MSU. They are on a sand floor, so I put alfalfa on top in case they are ingesting too much sand. The sand is the only thing I have done different this year. They are with a dozen chicks, and the chicks are just fine. All share a 25 square foot brooder, and have plenty of clean water and non-medicated chick starter. All are almost 2 weeks old.

Any ideas?
 

shelleyd2008

the bird is the word
11 Years
Sep 14, 2008
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Are you giving them brewer's yeast? A niacin defficiency can cause their legs to be lame. I'm not sure if eating the sand would harm them, it is basically just grit.
 

Ethan MI

In the Brooder
12 Years
Dec 16, 2007
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Grand Rapids, MI
Nope. The local feed mill makes a balanced blend that has always worked well for me. I could try adding Brewer's Yeast, however. How much?
 

shelleyd2008

the bird is the word
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I'm not sure exactly how much to use. I was told to crush a few pills and sprinkle it on top of their feed, but that was when I only had 2 ducklings?
 

[email protected]@2four

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Mar 12, 2008
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You're not feeding them medicated chick feed, are you? You said you had them in with chicks, so that is why I ask--many people feed chicks the medicated chick feed, which is fine for chicks, but not dor ducklings or ducks--it will kill them...you probably already know this, but just wanted to make sure....good luck and sorry about your loss!!
 

shelleyd2008

the bird is the word
11 Years
Sep 14, 2008
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[email protected]@2four :

You're not feeding them medicated chick feed, are you? You said you had them in with chicks, so that is why I ask--many people feed chicks the medicated chick feed, which is fine for chicks, but not dor ducklings or ducks--it will kill them...you probably already know this, but just wanted to make sure....good luck and sorry about your loss!!

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Ethan MI

In the Brooder
12 Years
Dec 16, 2007
12
0
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Grand Rapids, MI
Thanks for asking. Most have recovered nicely. A few are still struggling. Thankfully my Sebastopol geese aren't having any problems. I wash my hands after handling the ducklings, and I don't know what diseases are shared between ducks and geese.
 

Katy

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jun 29, 2007
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For the record....Ducklings can have medicated starter as long as the only medication in it is amprolium. That's what I raise all my call ducklings on.....and have for years. Ducklings can and will get cocci and die from it just like chicks and the amprolium is a preventative against that happening.

I'm glad yours are doing better.
 

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