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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Frizzlett98, Oct 25, 2014.
I need a recipe for electrolyte water for a baby duck. If all I have is sugar will it work?
I have a baby duck who is doing some sort of spasm with his head. He sits up really straight and then topples over backwards. He will drink and was fine a few minutes ago. He drunk quite a bit of water. We just bought these so water is all they've had. We just gave them food 5 minutes ago. Any ideas? I just squirted sugar water in his mouth but I have no idea how much sugar was in it.
He is eating now.
Here you go:
HOMEMADE ELECTROLYTE SOLUTION
1/2 teaspoon salt substitute*
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 gallon water
For rehydration formula I usually go online I have used one 1 cup water 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt. I have used that for rabbits dogs chickens etc
My sister is watching them and she said he is almost walking normally. He'll walk normal for a while and then back to weird walking. She said he's still doing that toppling over thing but not as much. He is eating like he should. I've never had ducks before so this is new to me. Sorry I'm commenting so much. I'm getting information as it comes to me. I'd hate for him to die in front of her because she loves her ducks so much. Ok now we're walking normal again from the time I started this and now. Still doing a weird head jerking.
He hasn't had water all day due to being at an auction. Could it just be he's dehydrated?
I don't know if ducks have wry neck or crook neck as chickens do, but it sounds like that, also called encephalomalcia or star gazing. In chickens it can be a vitamin deficiency, heretdity, or from a head injury. I would get him started on vitamins right away--vitamin B1 thiamine, vitamin E, and selenium which is found in eggs, are the ones to especially give. Baby vitamins (polyvisol without iron) can be used 3 drops daily by mouth, or a poultry vitamin/electrolyte powder added to the water.
Dehydration could certainly cause a fluid and electrolyte imbalance which could cause the neurological symptoms. I hope that you can get him better.