Sick, weak duck, what is wrong, what treatment?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Carol_af, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. chimbica88

    chimbica88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, she has had many vet visits...but all say the same, they don't know what it is...that I should just put her down...but it's so hard for me to put her down when she is still in this state...at first they had her on antibiotics..then they thought calcium deficiency ..so I started oyster shells in her diet and the rest of the flock..cause it so happened that the rest of my females stopped laying..and the few that did..where shell-less and broken by the morning...so it's been 3 days they have been on this oyster shell mixed with their feed..no more corn...I just want a sign that she is getting better..or even..if she is getting worse cause then I know what to do..cause this state of no change is weird..still haven't located where to buy Brewers Yeast..heard niacin could help? I've looked everywhere...keep you guys on Daisy's progress...thanks for the support!
     
  2. Eroc1_1

    Eroc1_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought some brewers yeast at the local GNC.
     
  3. loubapache

    loubapache Chillin' With My Peeps

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    chickensducks&agoose :

    mine wasn't eating, and wasn't social. she just slid slowly.... i'm sad she's gone, but am relieved that she's not slowly dying anymore. I hope yours gets better.

    Sorry to her your loss. We lost a female Pekin in similar fashion in February.

    We still did not know exactly what caused her death but looking back, we think there were many possible causes

    cold temperature
    the whole pen was covered with ice and snow
    lack of calcium (all covered with snow and frozen)
    lack of grit (all covered with snow and frozen)

    This year, we are going to add a roof to the pen and also wrap the whole thing in plastic.​
     
  4. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What EXACTLY were you feeding the flock? What is the condition of their quarters? Are they indoors? Outdoors? Is there bedding clean?Do they have ample water (enough depth to dip their bills and clear nostrils)?

    You have to pin this down step by step or you will be sentencing them all to an eventual death. Sorry, but has to be said.
     
  5. loubapache

    loubapache Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My two ducks had a 6'x8' duck house that is attached to a 10'x16' run/pen. The house was roofed but the pen is not. Inside their house, there was also a dog house. The bedding was clean.

    I fed them layer crumbles with some grains and peas.

    They came into the garage during the night. Both stayed in a large plastic tote with a thick layer of pine shavings.

    I used two large heated dog bowls so they can wash their nostrils.

    The one died laid two soft shell eggs then stopped. She laid a total of 165 eggs non-stop. Then she gradually lost some weight and died about three weeks stopping laying.

    Now I have the remaining Cayuga female with two three-week old Pekin ducklings in the basement. We had some 50 deg days two weeks ago but it has been close to 0 F the last a few nights.
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2011
  6. chimbica88

    chimbica88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I bought the brewers yeast..from The vitamin store, from Solgar...now hoe much do I give and how many times a day???thanks!!
     
  7. Eroc1_1

    Eroc1_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I believe that you would sprinkle it in their food once a day. I am a little unclear as to the ratio myself. When I feed it, it is probably about 1 Tablespoon per 1.5 - 2 lbs of feed.
     
  8. Maryallison

    Maryallison Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also have a few sick ducks. My plans are to flush out the 12x5 foot pond today. I have moved the 2 sick ducks and hand feeding the female and watering her by hand too. She looks really bad, but the drake is still eating on his own.
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    How is your drake doing?
     
  10. apronann

    apronann Out Of The Brooder

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    This a great post, and very helpful to me. I have a sick Ancona Drake, weak, can't walk, but still eating and drinking. I started him on an antibacterial in his water, have been doing the baths, feeding him chick starter. He seems to be a little better. I'll get some charcoal and niacin today and see if It helps. Thanks again!
     

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