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Please help me with my duckling!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LittlePsycho, Jan 10, 2015.

  1. LittlePsycho

    LittlePsycho Out Of The Brooder

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    I hatched a duckling yesterday and it was bad from the start. Its yolk wasn't full absorbed and it was bleeding. The yolk is now absorbed and its bottom is scabbed up, but it just can't manage to walk. It can't get off its back, it can't open its eyes, it can't even lift its head up. I don't know how to help it, but I really really REALLY don't want to lose this baby. Please tell me if you know of ANYTHING I can do to help this poor little thing!
     
  2. LittlePsycho

    LittlePsycho Out Of The Brooder

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    Just an update for anyone that might see this post in the future. Hopefully, it'll help someone else. I did some research on other threads on BYC and I ended up giving my duckling a few drops of sugar water with a little bit of electrolytes in it. I had to use a dropper the first few times, but he ended up drinking on his own. I didn't leave him in the incubator, I kept him with me on a heating blanket and made sure he stayed off his back. He's still alive and well and his eyes are open and he can hold his head up and everything. He's still got that newborn wobble, but he's walking around and jumping everywhere. I hope this information helps anyone else that might run into this problem!
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Oh, very unhappy that I did not see this post earlier!!! Sometimes I miss one.

    Very happy and proud of you for finding a way to help the little!

    You may want to have some B vitamins on hand - he or she may have a need for extra. Brewer's yeast, a couple of teaspoons a day in the food once the duckling starts eating would help.

    Again, very glad you found some helpful information!
     

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