indian runner acting drunk

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jslstephmsl, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. jslstephmsl

    jslstephmsl New Egg

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    We have 14 ducks that are all about 5 months old. I went to put them in their penj for the night and was short one. When we found him he was just laying there. He acts drunk.. His head bobbles around and when he tries to walk, its like he's top heavy and tips over. Whats wrong or what do we need to do to help him.
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Worst case, may be botulism. Isolate the duck, give lots of fresh water.

    Paraphrase from Storey's Guide:

    You may only have 3 to 24 hours to help
    Confine to a clean shady yard or building,immediately provide fresh drinking water with a laxative added, either 1 pint of molasses or 1 pound of Epsom salts per 5 gallons water
    If it cannot drink on its own, "should be treated individually" (I think this means help it by getting the liquid down its throat somehow)
    the addition of 1 part potassium to 3,000 parts drinking water or individual doses of 1 teaspoon castor oil have also been recommended as treatments

    You could flush out the contents of the esophagus with warm water by using a funnel and rubber tube inserted into the mouth and severtal inches down the esophagus

    Every effot must be made to locate the source of botulism, which is usually decaying plants and animals, maggots that feed on carcasses, or spoiled feed or canned food.
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    The treatment may also help if he's gotten into something toxic. Please keep us posted.
     

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