Sick Duckling! Please help!
I have two baby ducks, both about a month old. Yesterday after coming home from school i noticed that one of them was having a neck spasm kind of. She scrunches her neck down and her head moves side to side. Other than that, she seemed just as chipper as normal. At first i thought maybe she had something stuck in her throat, so i gave her water. The water didnt seem to help because she kept having the neck spasm thing, and it seemed as if she was starting to get a little sluggish. I also noticed that she wasnt really eating. My mom told me to give her a tsp of salt to make her throw up, just in case she swallowed anything. After doing so, I read online that maybe that wasn't the best idea. She threw up a few times from the salt, but it was just clear and watery, because she hasnt eaten anything. Ive been giving her alot of water so she wont get dehydrated, i even put sugar in it to give her a bit of energy, but she still seems very sluggish. Sometimes she will just stand up and do absolutely noooothing for like five minutes, like she completely zoned out. Basically she wont eat, zones out, is very sluggish, and only drinks water. She hasnt eaten anything since yesterday around 3-ish, so im wondering if i should force feed her? I dont know what to do, and I'm very worried because i dont want to lose her! Please help!
I don't know that much about caring for sick ducks. Maybe one of the forum members who has raised a lot more and for a longer time can be of help. I noticed it has been 12 hours sense you posted. I hope we get you help in time.
There's really nothing to be done. Sorry. If it's not gone yet, please do the kind thing & put it down.
It does sound a little like maybe something is stuck, either wedged in the throat or wedged across the top of the bill. Can you look inside the bill without injuring the duck?
Salt is really bad for ducks, so I suggest that you don't do that again.
All you can do is keep her warm and dry and keep water in front of her. She might make it or she might not. It depends upon what is wrong with her. If she starts to look like she is suffering, do the humane thing and help her to cross over.
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