Trying to save my drake post predator attack

Norcalexplorer

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I’m hoping you guys may have some advice for me. Two of my drakes were in their nighttime pen for the night and one was taken without a trace while Marley our other drake was catatonic in the corner covered in his brothers blood when we went to let out the birds in the morning. This happened 3 days ago. We could not find any puncture wounds on Marley Moo but one eye stays shut with what looks like a little cut above his eyelid. He seems to have a leg injury and refuses to put weight on it. I cannot see or feel any deformities or swelling. My biggest concern is his neck. He doesn’t seem to the have the strength to pick it up or down. He can turn his head about 90 degrees left or right when he’s attempted to preen after bath time. He’s extremely lethargic and will barely eat or drink. I am currently using a syringe to give him water. The closest avian vet is 60 miles away and is on vacation. The vet will not be back until Monday ( it’s Saturday) I’m petrified he may not make it until Monday. I’m clueless as what to do.
Im giving him bath time 4x a day and this morning he attempted to eat some meal worms I put in his bath. I’m getting him high protein baby food this afternoon and have been giving him the recommended amount of nutri-drench daily. He’s still pooping and has ate a handful of peas the last couple of days. I need him to hang on until I get him to the vet Monday. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. This is most definitely a desperate post. I’m not sure there’s anything I can do but praying maybe one of you have the magic answer.
He’s my baby. He’s the first baby I incubated and hatched from our flock after his father passed. We loved his dad so much we wanted to carry on his legacy. Now my Marley Moo I may lose. Any tips or tricks that you guys may know I’d be so thankful. Oh and PS he’s inside, warm and safe in our mud room.
Thank you guys for your time,
Desperate Duck Momma
 

Norcalexplorer

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Thank you so much for your response. I feel so alone dealing with this and I’m a critical nurse but I. Any fix this. I’m destroyed …. His leg is definitely broken, it’s now super inflamed. My biggest concern is his neck.
 

Miss Lydia

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I am also sorry to hear about your drake and that Marley Moo is injured. I agree with @Crazy Maizie supportive care until you can get him to the vet on Monday. Here is some info on what to do in an emergency.
https://www.backyardchickens.com/th...d-supportive-care-updated-01-17-2021.1048620/
Please keep us updated on how he is doing.
Do you have any Meloxicam? at least that would help with pain.
I am not sure I would be putting him in water right now in case of chilling him.
 
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I agree avoid bathing right now and start on a poultry supplement, but make sure you give it in a syringe to make sure he's getting it. Can you take a video, upload to YouTube and post the link here? Or take pictures of what's going on with his neck? Leg injuries take often a week or two to start seeing improvements and for the eye scrape I would pick up some Terramycin which is an antibiotic ointment specifically for eyes. I would also recommend picking up or ordering online tube feeding supplies. I know you said he isn't eating just yet, but I would wet his food to make it the consistency of oatmeal and set it right next to him. If his neck is injured eating any course or large food may be painful.
 

Norcalexplorer

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I agree avoid bathing right now and start on a poultry supplement, but make sure you give it in a syringe to make sure he's getting it. Can you take a video, upload to YouTube and post the link here? Or take pictures of what's going on with his neck? Leg injuries take often a week or two to start seeing improvements and for the eye scrape I would pick up some Terramycin which is an antibiotic ointment specifically for eyes. I would also recommend picking up or ordering online tube feeding supplies. I know you said he isn't eating just yet, but I would wet his food to make it the consistency of oatmeal and set it right next to him. If his neck is injured eating any course or large food may be painful.
Thank you, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! I appreciate all of your guidance. I’m counting down the hours until it is 8am so I can rush him in to the avian vet. He perks up during bath time and for the first time today he actually went for a couple of mealworms I’ve been putting in his bath to entice him bc it used to be his favorite thing, eating the mealworms in the water in his pool. I’m attempting to give him at least 20ml of water an hour with a 4ml syringe I have from work. He’s actually taking in about 10ml of baby food ( that I can see actually being swallowed vs dribbling out on hid chest) an hour. He dictates which hour he’ll eat though and I don’t force him if he’s not showing interest.
Today he actually dipped his head into the water all the way past his eyes. Then when I lightly sprayed him with our sprinkle setting in our sink he started flapping his wings!!! I’m starting to feel hopeful that he’ll make it until tomorrow!!!
 

Norcalexplorer

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I am also sorry to hear about your drake and that Marley Moo is injured. I agree with @Crazy Maizie supportive care until you can get him to the vet on Monday. Here is some info on what to do in an emergency.
https://www.backyardchickens.com/th...d-supportive-care-updated-01-17-2021.1048620/
Please keep us updated on how he is doing.
Do you have any Meloxicam? at least that would help with pain.
I am not sure I would be putting him in water right now in case of chilling him.
THANK YOU @misslydia !! I know I can always count on your guidance. As with all of you!! I am so grateful for all of your kindness and knowledge.
He’s still very lethargic
 

Norcalexplorer

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I've not dealt with anything like this, but I will tag a few people. Hopefully they have some ideas or know who else to ask for help. I would say start him on an antibiotic, but I'm not even sure which one to recommend.

@AstroDuck
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Thank you!!!!! Ok I started him on enrofloxacin 10% 2 days ago. It said to mix 2ml in 1qt water and give twice daily. He’s definitely fighting! He still can barely move because of his leg and neck limitations but has color and brightness in his eyes that tell me he knows he’s gotta hang in there until tomorrow… Here’s some pics of his leg… and well him, because he’s beautiful.
I just wanted to say thank you once again. I’ve cried so many tears and searched for so many answers because as an adult critical care specialist I know how to treat a human. I’ve felt so inadequate with this situation with Marley and it’s because of you and the people that make up this community that my boy has a chance. I’m so grateful.
 

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Norcalexplorer

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Just pics of him hatching to who he is now. Just thought I’d share so you guys can see my love that you’re all helping with ❤️ I have a great video of him but can’t seem to upload it. Hoping the more well wishes and prayers he can bet the better his chances are 🙏🏻🙏🏻
 

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