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Help with a special needs duckling

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by dandkadams, May 23, 2016.

  1. dandkadams

    dandkadams Songster

    Jan 10, 2011
    laurentian hills
    We had a duckling that couldn't get out of the egg. He had his beak out but could quite get the pip any bigger.
    We zippered the egg and he was very dried out, so we helped him out.
    He was surprisingly dry, even with a decent humidity.
    Hif feet are curled, his eyes are uneven and he seems to have little fits.
    He can't get his bum up, almost as if his legs are too far in the front.

    He's eating and drinking I'd I take him to the bowls, but he panics if I put him in the brooder.
    We named him Homer because he looks like the time Homer from the Simpsons spun around his kitchen.

    He can scoot on his bum if we put him on a towel on the table, but when he panics he turns into Homer.

    Is there any hope for him?

  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I would begin supplementing with B Complex, using the amount of niacin as a guide to how much water to add - 150 mg niacin per gallon of water. There is not way to know the future, but I do know that ducklings with nervous system problems respond well to niacin most of the time. And I know that ducks have a strong will to live, and there are many special needs ducks who brighten the lives of their people.

    When did the little one hatch? They need to rest for quite a while after hatching.

    Last edited: May 23, 2016

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