Sick runner duckling

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by runningkaren, May 13, 2008.

  1. runningkaren

    runningkaren Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 1 week old runner ducklings and they have all been robust until today. I went to check on them and one was on its side, head back and not able to stand. Is this botulism? Anyone know? Anything I can do for her? What about the rest?
     
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

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    What are you feeding them?
    Are they eating? Drinking? Pooping?
    Are they too cold? in a draft? Too hot?

    I am going to move this to the emergency forum for better response.

    Answer the questions here
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=3569
    And lets see if we can figure it out. [​IMG]
     
  3. runningkaren

    runningkaren Out Of The Brooder

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    They have appeared healthy, eating, drinking, pooping until this one. They seem comfortable, a heat lamp about 2 feet above them. Last night was cold but the heat lamp should have kept them warm enough because I lowered it. There are 11 ducklings including this sick one.
     
  4. runningkaren

    runningkaren Out Of The Brooder

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    The duckling can sit up and stand, waddle, but gets shaky and seems to tilt backwards then falls. She is a bit over a week old, an Indian Runner. I started chopped greens yesterday - just dandelion greens, rinsed and chopped. Poop might be a bit runny, not bloody. I have separated it in a box, in the house. The bedding is wood shavings, not sawdust.
     
  5. Dodgegal79

    Dodgegal79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a mucovey like that right now too. Found it upside down, won't eat, will drink, but won't move at all. They can pick up all sorts of stuff, but I don't have any idea.
     
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    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

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    What are you feeding them besides dandelion greens?
     
  7. runningkaren

    runningkaren Out Of The Brooder

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    The duckling starter feed sold by McMurray Hatchery out of Iowa where the ducks were hatched.
     
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    runningkaren Out Of The Brooder

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    I have wet the starter feed just now and she eats and drinks. She just "throws" herself backwards every now and then.
     
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    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

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    If you have V&E powder, add a small pinch to her water. Otherwise if you have it, give her 3 drops of Poly-Vi-Sol once a day my mouth for 3 or 4 days and see if it helps. Is this the feed?
    http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/product/feed_starter_kits.html

    The duckling should be on non medicated gamebird starter. Chick starter doesn't have the niacin that waterfowl needs.
    You can sprinkle brewers yeast on the feed instead of the vitamins, or even ina ddition to, just don't over do it.
     
  10. runningkaren

    runningkaren Out Of The Brooder

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    No, that is not what I am feeding her. This is: 6ODS Org Duck Starter Feed 50 lbs If you search it on McMurray's site, you will find it.

    It isn't medicated. Do you still recommend something like Poly-Vi-Sol?
     

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