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Please help my ducklings are sick :(

Posted by cutelilkitkat Oklahoma (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 25, 11 at 21:37

I was surprised with two little ducklings about two weeks ago(they were about one week old then), and so far everything has been great. We have a heat lamp, the mush feed for them, a plastic tub the whole bit. Everyday I get them out for a bit and let them play in water. They are very lively curious little things and I have really become attached.

Last night and today I could hear them sneezing and they have both been very clingy today. Through out the day when ever I would pet them, they would kind of nuzzle me with their bills and they felt hot. They have spent much of the day sleeping, unlike the last week or so in which they were up playing for the most part.

I have called every vet in our area, each one saying to call another because they have no expeirence with water fowl...I don't know what to do.

My sister bought an antibiotic called Duramycin-10 and said a local farm shop said to put a pinch into a gallon of water and give it to them....is it safe?? I don't want to lose my babies. :(


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RE: Please help my ducklings are sick :(

We keep biomyacin or liquimyacin LA200 on hand for a general antibiotic. Assuming Duramyacin is just a different brand I would proceed to give it if that is all you have on hand. I'm not familiar with Duramyacin, but know a lot of the ....mycacins are used across species.

Birds are routinely medicated via their water. I wouldn't use a "pinch", but dose for effect meaning there must be some guideline for you to follow either on the bottle or look online. For future reference here's a source for general antibiotics:

http://www.jefferslivestock.com/antibiotics-and-sulfas/camid/LIV/cc/3502/c2c/ln/

However I wouldn't wait to medicate them while you wait for an order, birds (IMO) are fragile animals and should be treated immediately.

Do you have a tractor supply Nearby? Also were these ducks vaccinated for any of the small bird diseases?

Sorry I can't help your specific question, not a bird person here.

Brendasue


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