Special Needs Duckling

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MandBducks, May 12, 2016.

  1. MandBducks

    MandBducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So as my luck would have it one of the ducklings I got from Metzer has a deformed beak. The bottom looks normal, the top is stunted and she has closed nostrils. She drinks and eats (but much less than the others). I have been making her a mash to help her swallow her food but she constantly sneezes and now has a clicking noise when she tries to breath through her nostrils. I'm concerned that regardless she is destined to get an upper respiratory infection.

    Any ideas, success stories of other ducklings with underbites?
     
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  2. MandBducks

    MandBducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought some nutridrench, what is the dosage/best way to provide it for a small duckling?
     
  3. Fawkes

    Fawkes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure about dosages, hopefully someone else can answer that, but I'm sorry to hear about your duckling :( I have a duck that has a deformed bill but thankfully it's not deformed in a way that hinders her very much.

    Make sure she can submerge her bill all the way under water to remove any food/mucus that clogs her nostrils. Also make sure she doesn't overheat. I know with my duck she can sometimes get easily hot (I think it's kind of like dogs with smushed snouts, like pugs, can overheat easily). I just make sure she drinks and bathes enough to keep cool.

    The clicking sound is somewhat concerning. I had a duck that got pneumonia and he was making a clicking noise.
     
  4. MandBducks

    MandBducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the response. She has underdeveloped nostrils so there aren't really any holes for her to clear. I'm hoping the clicking is just her attempts to clear the nostrils she doesn't have.
     
  5. neetabeamie

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    Oh poor little thing. She us lucky to have you[​IMG]
     
  6. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For nutri drench direct dosage is 1ml per 3lbs of duck.

    Dosage by the gallon should be on the bottle
     
  7. MandBducks

    MandBducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, I really appreciate it!
     
  8. neetabeamie

    neetabeamie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is your little one doing?
     
  9. MandBducks

    MandBducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is still doing well. She is eating and drinking but weighs considerably less than the other two she came with. I gave her a drop of Nutridrench today so here is to hoping she does well!

    My only concerns are her sneezing and clicking at times when breathing although those seem to mostly be correlated with her drinking. She seems to be quieter when sleeping and eating.
     
  10. neetabeamie

    neetabeamie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm glad to hear it[​IMG]
     

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