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Re: Need Help with Baby Duck

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Posted by C.J. in SD on October 26, 2002 at 15:08:48 from (

In Reply to: Need Help with Baby Duck posted by EIEIO on October 26, 2002 at 05:27:17:

I'm not sure what it's calles with ducks but in chickens I think it's called limber neck. If your willing to make this duck a pet and devote alot of time to it's care and feeding, you can lessen the severity. It will take time and effort on your part. You can use strips of soda pop can wrapped in electrical or duct tape to make a splint. They will have to be made perhaps once a week since the baby grows fast. Since you cannot take the duck to a completely normal angle all at once you will have to shape them. You can use velcro to fasten the splint closed. Supplement her feed with a calcium replacement or try putting some instant milk in the chick or duckling mash. You also have to know that all this work will have limited success and will make the animal fairly miserable in the process. In chickens there's no known cure and is considered a genetic defect (I think.) If your duck seems healthy and alert and not in any pain you cn leave her be or use massage therapy to keep her comfortable. (Miracles do happen, it's just that the average farm family has little time to spend on the deformed to help them along.) But understand there will come a time in her life when this will distrupt her living ability and she will end up either dying or will have to be euthanized. Sorry to be the bearer of such unpleasant news. Good luck.

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