Indian Runner Duck Won't get up

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Daffy12, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. Daffy12

    Daffy12 New Egg

    Sep 19, 2012
    This is my first duck. He's about two months old. Today Earlier I let him out his cage to walk around. He was fine. Then I noticed that he is laying down and he seems to not be able to stand. He's standing semi erect and shakily, but not full stance that Runner usually stand. My duck is very active but he's not moving around. I'm kinda worried. Should I give him antibiotics ? He does have eye crust but I don't know if that has anything to do with it. He also his making a whining noise....which he does whine a lot on a normal bases, but now its kind of squeaky and whimper like.

    Can anyone help thanks
  2. BradleyandCo

    BradleyandCo New Egg

    Sep 3, 2012
    Firstly, I'm no expert, and I'm sure someone with considerably more experience than me will be along to offer sound advice. My two cents worth, ducks don't tend to do so well on their own, they need their own company, and from reading your post it seems that yours is a lone duck.

    From what you've described, it sounds like you need to get your duck urgent medical care, and I'd be surprised if anyone could reasonably diagnose your ducks health accurately on a forum. The noises you describe suggest your duck is struggling to breathe.
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2012
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009

    1. Any chance of trauma from a person or predator?

    2. Any chance he got into something Toxic?

    3. Has he had Niacin supplements?
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Crusty eye makes me think something respiratory maybe starting Tylan is recommended for respiratory,sinusitis. most feed stores and TSC carry it.
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    If you can, a vet visit a.s.a.p., and if not, Tylan and clean warm water for head washing in a quiet clean pen.

    It does sound like a head infection which may have gone to the lungs, just from your description.

    How is the patient doing with eating?

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