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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Scovy Momma, Feb 23, 2012.
Oh, I am so sorry you are going thru this. I honestly hope little sweetie Lamont makes it.
You can try to use a syringe, but without a tube small enough and the experience to know which pathway to go down, you risk squirting it down into his air sacs instead of his stomach. :/ But without getting nutrients into him, he may not have a chance. That's what saved Bean's life when she had pneumonia the other week. Are you at least able to get some antibiotics? It may not do much if it's not the right type to target whatever microbes he's got, but it's better than nothing...
I think we all need some cheering up, so I took a video of Wobbles chasing a laser pointer. I hope it can bring a smile to your faces, if nothing else. ._.
That is adorable!
They aren't duck pictures, but should give you an idea.
Pictures that might help giving fluids:
How To Crop Feed Your Bird Diagram
Pictures below are from:http://www.hopkinslivestock.com/oral_dosing_article.htm
The hole at the back of the tongue is the trachea - Nothing should ever go in there!
That totally cheered me up!
Ducks don't have crops like chickens, theirs look more like the one on the left in this picture:
It's hard to do on a bird so teeny. I also wouldn't know where to source feeding tubes tiny enough, would you? We get ours through a specific veterinary supply manufacturer in Tacoma. I dunno, maybe petco or a pharmacy would have tubes small enough, do you think?
Oh, I needed that. You are brilliant, Amykins!! Do you have any idea how cute and funny he is? I laughed out loud at the little Wobs.
Perhaps the ones for hand rearing smaller members of the parrot family - cockatiels, conures, love birds, etc. you can sometimes find that at PetCo.
I would also give an injection of antibiotic. Even at that size he should have a decent amount of breast muscle to inject into. For the gram positive stuff, I use aqueous Pen-G (you can get it at TSC) my adult ducks get 1 mL IM, but he is so tiny I'd do no more than 0.25mL. Fortunately, with penicillin, any extra gets cleared by the body and doesn't cause toxicity (and why it's my go to antibiotic for a variety of species when I'm sure I don't have a gram negative or fungal infection.)
Also, since he's not eating, I would open his mouth and check his tongue and throat for signs of a fungal infection (white patches on the mouth, tongue, and throat). Pen-G wouldn't touch that, and would require immediate treatment with antifungals.
Hopefully he pulls through!!!!
One might find them a well stocked pharmacy or a medical supply store. This is where I buy them from:
At two weeks of age I think a 12 or 14 would work.