Muscovy duckling suddenly can't walk

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by FL Zoo Mom, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. FL Zoo Mom

    FL Zoo Mom Just Hatched

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    Hi all, I read this page a lot but up until now I've never needed to ask a question because I've always been able to find the answer.

    First off, I'm very much a novice when it comes to ducks and the ducks that I do kind of take care of are feral/neighborhood muscovy ducks. Momma brought her ducklings around several weeks ago and at that time they were probably only a couple days old. I live on a canal with a seawall so if the ducklings fall in they can't get back out and I've rescued the ducklings from the canal twice.

    Anyway, I've had Momma and her four ducklings around for a while and today when I went outside to let my cat in for the night and let my dog out for the last time I could hear one of her ducklings crying so I grabbed a flashlight and went to investigate. One of the ducklings can't walk now and I have no idea why. I picked him up and Momma got upset with me and hit me a few times so I set him down in the grass and tried to check to see if he was obviously injured. Momma settled next to me and let me look him over. He doesn't appear to be injured and earlier today he was walking around just fine. This probably sounds silly but I talked to Momma and told her that her baby can't walk and I want to see if I can help him. After I talked to her for a minute or two she let me pick him up to take him in the house while she went to rejoin her other babies (note: I have no idea if this is a male or female). Her other three ducklings appear just fine.

    I was reading some of the other threads where people have stated that it could be a niacin or other vitamin deficiency. I'm on a fixed income and can't afford to take him to a vet right now if there were even a vet in my area that would see us. Muscovy ducks are considered an invasive species (yet protected) so I can't get help from the wildlife rehab places, either. At any rate, he's currently wrapped in a towel in my bathtub (he quieted right down when I wrapped him up). I'd like to head out tomorrow to get the things he might need but I'm unsure of what all I should get. I can't get him a pool until next week but I can figure out another way for him to swim to see if that helps.

    Here's a picture of Momma and her babies that I took just a couple days ago to give you an idea of age. I put a little bit of food out for them every morning, but not so much that they don't have to go forage, too. Besides, the drake (who I call Mister) chases everyone away when there's food around so he can eat it. I feed everyone Purina Flock Raiser Crumbles if that matters.

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  2. FL Zoo Mom

    FL Zoo Mom Just Hatched

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    I apologize for posting this twice. I can't figure out how to delete one of them though. :/
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    That's fine I didn't see your other post. Some ducks do need niacin supplementation. I understand you can use plain old Brewer's yeast which is not expensive. I wouldn't know the amount required. Have you also posted on the "duck thread." just put that in the search box and it will come up. Some people just put water in a laundry tub or even bathtub to let them swim a little. Please don't leave him unattended - because he wouldn't be able to climb out if he wanted too.
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    to delete a post, you just have to click on the pencil icon under your post, then you can backspace over your text and it will disappear. It will just end up saying you edited at a certain date.

    Hope your duckling will be okay.
     
  5. FL Zoo Mom

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    I did not think to post this in the duck thread. I'll go do it now.

    Thank you.
     

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