Injured newly hatched Muscovy duckling

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Geranium, May 21, 2019.

  1. Geranium

    Geranium Songster

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    This is my first time hatching anything. I had a Muscovy duck egg under my broody pullet. She's nearly a year and was very attentive with the eggs, but this is her first hatch. The chick was starting to zip last night when I left for work. This morning I found a cold duckling half under the broody with a cut on her head. I brought her inside and plugged in my brooder plate. I washed her off a bit and have her warning under the plate. She's moving, eyes open, but not peeping, not raising her head. I dipped her beak into Sav-A-Chick electrolyte solution and i'm keeping her under the plate to warm and fluff. I put a little Veterycin on her injury - looks like she's been scalped a little. I'm willing to try hard to save her. Is there anything else I can be doing right now? I am thinking warming and fluffing are the immediate priorities. I don't have a brooder. Just a broody pullet and brooder plate. Thanks in advance. I'll put a picture of her injury in the comments.
     
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    I'd say you're on the right track, does look like your broody injured the duckling. Keep it warm & maybe some Nutri Drench or as you're doing the Save a Chick.
     
  4. casportpony

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    If mine i would concentrate on getting it warm, then offer water and food.
     
  5. Geranium

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    Thank you! I have the brooder plate low over the duckling and it's now starting to peep softly and move more. I appreciate the input.
     
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    Do you have any Neosporin? That's what I use when I find one that's been scalped like that.

    How many more eggs are under the broody? Some broodies will do this or worse to everything that hatches, so keep a close eye on her.
     
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    x2. Some broodies are excellent... some, not so much. :(
     
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    I wouldn't use her for breeding either, this trait may pass on to offsprings. Glad to hear the duckling's starting to show more activity. You may want to wet some feed & offer it along with water. :hugs
     
  9. Geranium

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    I do have neosporin. I dabbed it with Veterycin but I'll put some neosporin on. There were originally two eggs under the broody, but the other one should have hatched before this one, so it's a dud. So no more that will actually hatch.

    The duckling is coming around. Moving around and peeping now.
     

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    We don't have any roosters, so she won't ever be bred. She just happened to go broody when I wanted to get a duck, so I figured I'd let her give it a shot. Test failed, Agatha!
     
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