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We have 4 baby ducks, 8 days old. One has been not walking

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we have 4 baby ducks , 8 days old. One has been not walking much, for 24 hrs, now noticed green runny stools in that one and now another. Is it a intestional infection ?
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Customer: One duckling is very lethargic and has runny green stool.
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Most likely, yes. There are a few common diseases of ducks of their age which fit the description you posted:

Duck viral hepatitis is a highly fatal contagious disease of young ducklings. The onset of the disease is very rapid, it spreads quickly through the flock and may cause up to 90% mortality. Sick ducklings develop spasmodic contractions of their legs and die within an hour in a typical "arched-backward" position. This infection isn't as likely as...

Duck Plague (Duck Virus Enteritis) which is an acute contagious, highly fatal disease of waterfowl caused by a herpes virus. This disease is most likely to affect mature ducks but it's also seen in young ducks. Affected birds show sluggishness, ruffled feathers, and greenish-yellow diarrhea that is sometime blood-stained.

Riemerella anatipestifer and Escherichia coli are common bacterial infections to consider and pragmatically speaking are the only you can treat with antibiotics. You'll need an avian vet (please see here: www.aav.org) however, to prescribe sulfadimethoxine-ormetoprim or enrofloxacin for these ducks.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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