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Wobbly Duck

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pfost262, Oct 21, 2016.

  1. pfost262

    pfost262 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, just recently, within the last week or two I've noticed my 2 year old peking drake to be a bit clumsy on his feet. He looks as if he is a bit off balance and falls down on occasion. Almost as if her can't stand on his feet. He seems to be a bit more quiet than normal and I was wondering if he may have gotten a bug of some sort. When I go to catch him he can run away but there are times he just seems off. What should I do to correct this problem?
     
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  2. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper Premium Member

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    Have you checked his feet for bumblefoot?
     
  3. MrsBrooke

    MrsBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are a few things that can cause wobbling, but I am not terribly familiar with ducks.

    Since water is involved, there is a-whole-nother host of illnesses a duck can encounter. I know things like metal toxicity, neurological symptoms, botulism, and age can cause wobbling.

    I hope someone more knowledgeable in water fowl comes along to help.

    Maybe check out the duck forum, too!

    MrsB
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    MrsBrooke makes a good point - it's tough to be sure.

    He could have contracted an internal infection, could be parasites, metal toxicity, botulism, virus, nerve damage....

    A good duck vet would be best.

    If that's not an option, I think I would first get a fecal test done to check for problems that way, in the meantime I would give some charcoal slurry for a couple of nights (in case of botulism), and if no improvement, might consider giving antibiotics for ten days and see if there is improvement.

    Charcoal slurry is made with food grade activated charcoal. I only use maybe a tablespoon per quart, but that may not be strong enough if it's a toxin. There is a sticky on the Duck Forum with a recipe for charcoal slurry.

    If you feel it's probably a virus, then good nutrition including lots of fresh water, and some vitamins twice a week in the drinking water could help get him through the crisis.

    And we would welcome you on the Duck Forum (I haven't checked in there yet tonight).
     
  5. pfost262

    pfost262 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply. I will try the charcoal. What type of antibiotic and or vitamins should I give him? and where could I buy them?
     
  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    @casportpony has posted a thread on antibiotics - if you cannot get to a vet, you'll need to find out what you can and get what you can. Feed stores sell them as do online stores.

    Feed stores also sell vitamins, and I buy online from Jeffers (I do not get anything from them for recommending, and please feel free to use whatever source you prefer).
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    @pfost262 , can you post a picture of his poop?

    -Kathy
     

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