Rapid death of duckling.

MaryKathrine

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I was caring for a rescues duckling overnight, kept warm, in box, 90 degrees. He was found lost in pool with no other ducklings around, super tiny, days old. fed unmedicated fowl starter crumbs, water easily accessible.
Spent all day fine, walking around, eating, drinking, moving with energy, trying to jump out of box. Loved being held. At midnight he/she was eating and chirping, looking for attention if I looked in. At 2 am, fine chirping for attention and walking around. At 2:30 am legs splayed, feet curled back like dancer towards tail and limp. Eyes open by not reactive. Tried giving water, checked temp in box at 90 degrees. Head kept raising back towards tail. Limp and legs in strange curled position. I put him/her down for a second to grab something and he curled his feet and head back towards tail and was gone. An hour or less from seemingly fine to gone. What can cause this in duckling? Such a sweet little thing, we are so sad.
 

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I was caring for a rescues duckling overnight, kept warm, in box, 90 degrees. He was found lost in pool with no other ducklings around, super tiny, days old. fed unmedicated fowl starter crumbs, water easily accessible.
Spent all day fine, walking around, eating, drinking, moving with energy, trying to jump out of box. Loved being held. At midnight he/she was eating and chirping, looking for attention if I looked in. At 2 am, fine chirping for attention and walking around. At 2:30 am legs splayed, feet curled back like dancer towards tail and limp. Eyes open by not reactive. Tried giving water, checked temp in box at 90 degrees. Head kept raising back towards tail. Limp and legs in strange curled position. I put him/her down for a second to grab something and he curled his feet and head back towards tail and was gone. An hour or less from seemingly fine to gone. What can cause this in duckling? Such a sweet little thing, we are so sad.
I'm sorry, sounds like maybe a seizure?
 

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