- Jun 24, 2019
I noticed she wasn't quite as active as the others last night when I gave them all swim time. But she was still joining in the fun in the pool, just a little more sleepy. This morning it was obvious something wasn't right. She wouldn't stand and would eat but only if I brought it to her. Now she is getting worse even after I've been holding her up to drink and eat and have given her a boost of extra brewers yeast mixed in water with their starter and some kale. She won't take bites of food anymore and will only drink when I hold her. She is still peeping when the others go away from her. Her eyes close a lot and look watery.If you can't take her to a vet, you need to bring her inside, likely to her dismay, so if you want to set the other ducklings near her in a separate pen so they can see each other, but can't touch that might be good.
If you don't have a food scale, get one, and start weighing her daily each morning, this will give you an idea of her state of health.
Make sure her pen area, is warm, and stressful free. You can add a poultry vitamin or an electrolyte like Gatorade to her water, or carefully drip a few drops along with her bill.
Could you post a few pictures of her poop?
I should add, if you want to treat her with an all-spectrum antibiotic, that's fine, I personally avoid antibiotics unless I know there is, or going to be an infection, we get drug resistance bacteria by people immediately treating birds with antibiotics without any proof that they do have a bacterial related infection.
Since she's a duckling, I would stay away from potent antibiotics like Enrofloxacin, as they can affect the bone structure in growing birds.
Amoxicillin might be a better alternative and can be purchased in a fish form.
Could you post a video of her?
When did she start acting like this?
I haven't seen her poop in a while so don't know what that looks like. Bad sign.
I will get a video of her in a little bit and post it