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Need help with orphan duckling

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Romachick71, May 16, 2018.

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  1. Romachick71

    Romachick71 In the Brooder

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    hi everyone,
    I had a wild duck nest in my yard.
    She had 12 babies but left one behind. The baby is now a week old and I’m noticing cold symptoms.
    I have the duckling in my house in a plastic tub with a heat lamp.
    I got poultry nutri drench yesterday, and I’ve been feeding a mixture of cooked egg yolk, purple kale, clover sprouts,freeze dried mealworms and poultry crumbles. Does anyone know what I can do to help him or is taking him to a wildlife rescue the best thing?
    Thank you
     
  2. Jpat

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    I couldnt imagine how you could help any better than you are

    Ide keep him forever and be my own little secrete
     
  3. Romachick71

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    thank you. I’m just worried about the cold getting worse
     
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  4. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist Premium Member

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    If the bird has a respiratory infection, you risk transmission to your own flock. A wildlife rehabber is probably the best option. They may even be able to test for what illness it is to best treat it.
     
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  5. Romachick71

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    Hi there. Thank you for responding.
    I don’t have any other chickens or ducklings. Just the one baby.
     
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  6. Jpat

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    i didnt read it rightm I thaught u meant it just looked cold. Didnt realize it was sick
     
  7. Romachick71

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    Yes, seems to be a cold. Still eating and drinking
     
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  8. llombardo

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    Ducks need grit, yes? They also need water to clean out their noses. So they eat and then dip their bills to clean it out.
     
  9. llombardo

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    What symtoms are you seeing?
     
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  10. Romachick71

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    I wasn’t sure if the baby needed grit?
    I’ve been taking outside and letting him pick through dirt and such.
     
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