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ducking hatched w/twisted neck(?)

Last Sunday we had a duckling hatch that appears to have a twisted neck. It walks unsteadily, seems to be able to eat normally, but has some difficulty drinking.  It's about 3/4 the size of siblings that hatched from the same clutch.  Is there any thing we can do for this tough little one?


  • undautriundautri Senior Member
    edited March 2019
     you could try a vitamin supplement with selenium which is useful for treating wry neck  . being so small he would only need about a quarter of a tablet daily.
     if this is a birth defect then only time will tell if he will survive i'm sorry.
     how badly is it twisted? was he born with it or has it developed over the week?
    keep us updated

  • The duckling was born with it.  Thank you for your suggestion we'll try it and let you know the results
  • It's hard to determine how twisted it may be.  When eating it appears to be normal, whenever drinking it seems as if it has a problem orienting itself for drinking, takes maybe a sip, then seems to throw itself back and then a few moments of spinning before reorienting itself.
  • undautriundautri Senior Member
    aw he sounds like a little fighter , i hope the selenium works and that this isnt a nurological defect
    wishing you and the little one the best of luck
     Kath x

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