help with Mallard baby! Neck Spasms?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tweetyinthesky, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. tweetyinthesky

    tweetyinthesky New Egg

    Jun 18, 2012
    Can someone please help me. I have a mallard that hatched 4 hours ago and it keeps throwing its head all the way back so far that it flips over. It's like its in a constant state of neck spasms. It has been like this since it hatched. I had 10 eggs, all were fertile, 5 died within the first few days, one died at about day 14 and one died at about day 20. One hatched about 14 hours ago and is doing fine, and one is still hatching. I helped them out a little bit today, but they did most of the hatching themselves. I don't know what to do about this little one and I don't know why so many died. I have done this before and most of them made it to the hatching day. Is this neck thing something that will go away? He kind of looks crippled when he throws his neck all the way back, he can't even stand. I have him wrapped in a towel so he will be still so that he can sleep a little. HELP PLEASE!!
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2012
  2. Tarad

    Tarad New Egg

    Jan 30, 2014
    Did you ever figure out what was wrong with your baby? I have a baby turkey with the same problem. She started it a little bit here and there, but now she is 2 months old and keeps her head back constantly. Looking for answers myself.

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