HELP - Sick duckling - Hunched neck, won't drink


5 Years
Mar 25, 2014
Northern Colorado
I also posted this on the duck forum, hopefully it helps to post it here too.

Hi, I hope someone can help me out. My 8-week old runner is acting sick. I just put them in for the night a few hours ago, and went back to give them fresh water which is when I noticed her posture is weird. She's the littlest one and has her neck completely hunched into her shoulders. She can stand, but does not drink or eat (even when I'm holding the waterer right in front of her). She will not straighten her neck upward like she normally does and like the other ones always do when they are moving about. Her tail is pointed downward a bit, and her neck is completely hunched into her shoulders, so that her chin is resting on her crop/chest.

She was acting perfectly normal when I put them away, then all of a sudden it seems she's got something going on. Although she can stand, she prefers not to walk around and will not follow the others to get food and water.

Before I put them away for the night, I gave them some fresh feed and 1 gallon of water with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in it.

Her poop is a bit whiter than usual. I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but I'm providing as much detail as possible.

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