Help with Duckling!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by gerrishfarms, Apr 26, 2017.

  1. gerrishfarms

    gerrishfarms New Egg

    Apr 26, 2017
    HI! My name is Amber and I have 30 chickens, 27 chicks, 4 ducklings, and a bunch of Bunnies! We've been doing this for 2.5 years and we've had goats and sheep and we love our hobby farming! I have an almost 5 week old duckling that needs help. It appears to be blind (from the moment we got it) and I ordered 4 ducklings and 26 chicks from a hatchery. This duckling is the only one that would ever let you pick it up and now we are having issues. It started a week ago and every time the duckling drinks water it throws its head back and sometimes flips around the brooder. It eats just fine and I've been supplementing with vitamins and nutra Drench. Its been a week and I haven't seen much improvement. The duckling is otherwise "happy" it's alert and moves around. I don't know what else to do. I give the duckling Poly Vi Sol and I add Vit E and Selenium to pea treats. I worry that I may just have to put the duckling down because if it ever had access to swimming water it would drown. Anybody have any other ideas? May just be my special needs duck. I love that it's so friendly now and willingly eats out of my hands. I cant bring myself to get rid of it. :( Thanks for any imput!
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2017
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Amber. I'm sorry I don't know much about ducks. If you post on the "duck thread," hopefully they can shed light on his problem. You can just put duck thread in the search box above and it will pop up for you.

    You may also want to post in detail at "emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures, thread." If you could get pictures of what happens after he drinks, or even make a short video, it might point out his problem. I truly hope they can help him.

    If you could contact Ms.Lydia (user name) she is quite an expert with ducks
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Amber [​IMG] Welcome!

    I hope that the folks on the Duck Forum are able to help you out.

    I also hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: ‘Find your State’s thread.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]

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