Two week call duckling sick with a cold

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sumcallduck, Oct 13, 2016.

  1. sumcallduck

    sumcallduck New Egg

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    Please if anyone could help . I have two week old duckling. I've lost two . I have had them outside in the hutch with the mom . I brought in three because they seem to have I irritated eyes they are sneezing . I have called around. To vets all so rescue places to help me of what to get them . No one seems to be able to help me . Will be able to get them into the vet till Saturday . To make sure they make it till then . I have been doing warm compress on their face and also using coconut oil around there eyes . A little wheat germ in their food . if there's anything I can be doing please let me know . Thank u[​IMG]
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Something that helps ducklings is to keep them in a place that has water deep enough for them to dip their heads in. At this point I think I would give them vitamins just to boost their immune system. There is something called Sav A Chick that might help a little.

    It is a balancing act, because we don't want them to accidentally drown, but they need a head washer. Here is a thread with an example. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/750869/raising-and-caring-for-ducklings#post_10611711


    What is the temperature with the mother? Can they be brought into where it is a little warmer?

    I have not had ducks rear babies, so I can only guess.

    Perhaps @sourland or @learycow can advise. Or @WVduckchick

    I am sure there are others as well.

    Another thought is you might lightly mist their faces with mild saline solution to help their eyes . . . I think tub time, with the water appropriate warm temperature could help.

    Tub time: water, no soap. Depth - just up to their bellies. Temperature 90F minus their age in weeks times 5. So if 2 weeks, 90 minus 10 is 80 degrees F for the water. Length of time in the water - maybe 10 minutes, less if they get tired sooner. Get them out of the tub, dab them dry with a dry washcloth, place into a clean, warm brooder so they can rest.
     
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  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Any insight for the little call duckling?
     
  4. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get some oxytet powder and put it in their water for 7 days. That stiffness works wonder so clearing up respiratory issues.

    As mentioned, be sure they are kept warm, clean and dry. Wash food and water dishes frequently to prevent bacteria growth which can be bad if their immune systems are compromised.
     
  5. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens! I do not know much about ducks, so I will leave that to the duck peeps, but I hope they pull through!
     
  6. sumcallduck

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    Thank you everyone for your suggestions and help[​IMG]. I went an got SAV A CHICK probiotics and electrolyte . Started it tonight. But know all the call duckling are some too:( Also giving my other call ducks save a chick and the mom . When I went to the farm supplies they also told me to use( Vetrx ) . Not sure if I should use it with Save a check. Would that be too much?

    Now we have all the duckling inside the house with warm light. We also brought in the mom and she got dirty so we gave her a bath and blowdry her . Put her in the pen inside my garage . Then we put three of the ducklings in with the mom . She start picking them and hurting them . I have them back in with me . But the mommy Is calling for them . Not sure if I should keep them separated or put the ducklings [​IMG] back ?
     
  7. sumcallduck

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    Oh also . I have an appointment with the vet for Saturday . My fingers are crossed That I can keep them all live an tell then. But please anything you can help me with I will appreciate it [​IMG]
     
  8. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The mom probably notices something different in the ducklings and is refusing them becuase of it. She wants her babies, and by her babies I mean she imagine them as looking exactly like they left her. It's best if you just keep the ducklings and let the mom get over the "loss" of her babies.
     

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