I apologize for not using the quote to clarify. I am not firing on all cylinders, perhaps. Anyway - for the ducklings with the hot bills - I am thinking antibiotics, as well as a little charcoal one time to see if that can pick up toxins out of their digestive tract (my line of thinking - charcoal may be more easily available, and one of the ways infections make us sick is they produce toxins). This is not a substitute for antibiotics. Something else that may be on hand until you get antibiotics is oregano. Make a tea - a teaspoon of dried oregano, or several fresh leaves - pour that into a pint of cold water, and give that to drink - there are articles in agriculture publications that refer to large poultry farms using oregano to reduce the need for antibiotics.