Need help with feeding a special needs duck!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Elizabeth berry, Jun 22, 2017.

  1. Elizabeth berry

    Elizabeth berry In the Brooder

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    I have a duck that has a deformed bill and I've been feeding with a tube and I'm not sure how much or how often to feed her help me please!
     

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  2. Chickenlover2017

    Chickenlover2017 Songster

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    Awe poor little thing feed her with a tube is a good idea what do you feed her you should feed her twice a day I think or see a vet because it could end very bad.
     
  3. Elizabeth berry

    Elizabeth berry In the Brooder

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    I feed her 20% crumble just like the other ducks there 8-9 weeks old now and was doing great till about 2 weeks ago and everything just went down from there but her bill was white as snow when I started as of today it's a pretty pink! I just want to make sure she's getting what she needs
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Enlightened

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    Welcome to BYC! How much does she weigh?
     
  5. Elizabeth berry

    Elizabeth berry In the Brooder

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    About 1-2 pounds! Very tiny
     
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  6. casportpony

    casportpony Enlightened

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    And how much have you been tubing?
     
  7. Elizabeth berry

    Elizabeth berry In the Brooder

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    Sorry I was thinking about my other ducks she's only about 1-2 pounds and I've been giving about 4-5 oz as much as she can stand till she acts full!
     
  8. casportpony

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    If you're able to get that much in her twice a day I would say you're giving enough. :D Tube feeding is part art, part science. As long as her crop clears overnight, and she doesn't lose weight, I'd say you're okay.

    I found this link helpful:
    https://lafeber.com/vet/tube-feeding-birds/
     
  9. Elizabeth berry

    Elizabeth berry In the Brooder

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    The thing with her crop is she only has about 1/2 of one side left the bill has grown so badly up its closed them
     

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