Weird Duckling Head Twitch?!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by duck010203, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. duck010203

    duck010203 Hatching

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    Hey guys, I just recently got two pekin ducklings, and they seemed to be doing great. But now all of a sudden, they aren’t eating as much, drinking as much, and have started this weird head twitch. It’s strange to me, as we have had ducklings in the past and I have never seen them do this. They just bob their heads repeatedly, almost uncontrollably. I just want to make sure nothing is wrong with them, and that they are healthy. Thank you!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

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    What does your waterer look like? It's important for ducklings to have water deep enough to submerge their nostrils to keep them clean. They also can have problems swallowing feed, so the water needs to be close to the feed.
     
  3. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    Wow, was not aware of that. Always thought they needed water to eat but never knew why. Always learning on BYC, thank you oldhenlikesdogs.
     
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    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

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    I feed my adult ducks a pellet ration for easier swallowing. The crumble was always a struggle for them, and my water bucket ended up with a sludge of feed at the bottom as most of the feed fell out of their mouths trying to swallow it. Some people feed moistened feed to ducklings to help them get it down.
     
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    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    Always learning on BYC :love :bow :caf
     
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