Injury to 5 day old duckling

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  1. BIRDGIRL79

    BIRDGIRL79 Chirping

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    So I have a chicken coop and duck enclosure that share a fence separating the 2. My 2 female pekins hatched only 2 ducklings. I kept the moms and babies in the duck house. There's a small Crack in the door that I had blocked with a board. Somehow the board got moved. One duckling squeezed out and ran straight to the fence and stuck it's head and wing through the chicken wire and then started screaming which attracted the attention of the 8 chickens on the other side of the fence. I immediately ran down and got the duckling but it's injuries were pretty extensive. I figured it wouldn't live even on the way back to the house, but we're going on 12 hours and it's still alive. It's drinking but pretty wobbly but can walk. It had a good size pecking wound behind its right eye and the side of its neck was rupped open. Now that it's survived the initial trauma I'm tryin to figure out what antibiotic to give a now 6 day old duckling.
     
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  2. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Hmmm? I was told that it's tough to prescribe antibiotics for them before two weeks of age..
     
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    BIRDGIRL79 Chirping

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    I would hate for it to die from a secondary infection after surviving the attack. I've given Baytril to an older duck but it's prescription only. Wondering if anyone has given any otc antibiotics to ducklings this small and if so what dose
     
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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    @casportpony always comes to mind when talking of antibiotics
     
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  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    What have you cleaned the wound with? Do you have Vetrycin spray for wounds and infections? @BIRDGIRL79
     
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  6. BIRDGIRL79

    BIRDGIRL79 Chirping

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    I just applied pressure with a damp cloth. The bleeding stopped and has now dried. I haven't put anything on it. I was hesitant to yesterday because it was definitely in shock and I thought it was best to let it rest in a quiet room with a heat lamp. Also it's head wound goes into its eye so I'm afraid I will cause more pain. I do not have any sprays. I planned on going to tractor supply once I had an idea of what people have had success using on such little birds.
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Enlightened

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    Baytril is available without a prescription, and it would be very easy to calculate a dose for a small one, but you would have to order it. Do you have any human or pet antibiotics, like amoxicillin, augmentin, Clavamox, cipro? Those would work too. If you don't have those, what OTC ones can you get?
     
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    casportpony Enlightened

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    If you decide to use an antibiotic you will need to weigh the duckling. Do you have a food scale of postal scale? If not, can you get one?
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Sadly maybe it's in lots of pain and putting it down might be its best choice? Sorry that happened..
     
  10. BIRDGIRL79

    BIRDGIRL79 Chirping

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    I have human augmentin, we'll the generic. It's in tablet form
     
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