Sick Duckling?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Alexandra33, Mar 6, 2017.

  1. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Overrun With Chickens

    Hi, everyone! I got a beautiful little Black East Indie duckling on Thursday, and everything had been going smoothly until tonight. I noticed while cleaning the brooder that this particularly zippy baby is unusually lethargic. It attempted to walk a few times, but those tiny legs seem weak. Something doesn't seem right about the way it moves its neck, either, but I can't place what's going on. [​IMG] I'm currently giving Nutri-drench until we can grab some niacin if that's what it needs.
    Thanks in advance!
  2. Ashleymarie529

    Ashleymarie529 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2017
    Katy (Houston), TX
    Definitely looks like a sick baby. Nutridrench is great. Niacin will help. Is she eating or drinking? You may have to mix some food and water in a bowl (a very watery paste) and feed her with a syringe.

    @Miss Lydia
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I would get the little to a vet a.s.a.p.

    Is she passing anything? Pooping? Do her feet and bill feel any warmer than other ducklings? What is the brooder temperature? Do they have water 24/7? Wondering if she could be overheating, or have an infection.

    Last edited: Mar 6, 2017
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  4. Is your brooder too warm?........Have you provided any grit?....Ducklings will eat a bit of the shavings......Give her a bowl of sugar water to drink.....wet the feed to a soupy consistency .....

    Poor Baby.....:(

    Best of luck......

  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    @Alexandra33 How is your duckling this morning?
  6. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Overrun With Chickens

    Thanks SO much to everybody for your kindness and help, it is truly appreciated more than you know. [​IMG] But sadly, my sweet little one passed away before I got a chance to put any advice into action. [​IMG] I don't think their brooder is too warm.....the other two ducklings and 9 chickies seem perfectly fine, healthy, and content. We have a 250w bulb in, but it's adjusted pretty high.

    @chickens really , I've never given grit before a week of age, however, do you think I should? If it would be beneficial for the rest of the quacklings, I will certainly do so! [​IMG]


  7. Yes.....Sprinkle it on their feed every couple of days or so.....Like adding pepper to our meals....Just a little bit.....Tsp...about.....:)..;)

    Last edited: Mar 7, 2017
  8. Oops......also.....sorry the baby passed away.......:(
  9. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] To a person that loves pepper, that makes sense! [​IMG] Alright, will do! [​IMG]

    Thank you. [​IMG] I appreciate it.

  10. NathanZee

    NathanZee Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm so sorry Amari! [​IMG][​IMG]

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