New to duck keeping, got our first 3 back in October from a friend who was thinning his flock. My husband was going to take two but when he saw the gimpy one he felt sorry for her and figured I’d like her so took her as well. She was being picked on by the geese, leaving one of her legs badly deformed. Got them home and the gimpy one seemed to be doing well, getting some weight on, her feathers were starting to look nice she was even getting around more although she does have an awkward gait (the leg doesn’t really bend) and doesn’t have the best balance.
Since winter came she’s not been as active as the other two. She tends to hide out in their hut but was always an aggressive feeder. When you went into the pen she was the first to have her head stuck down into the tub while you dished it out for the other two. Recently that’s stopped as well; she’s not eating much anymore. I can’t remember the last time I saw her at the pool, she’s looking dishevelled, her stomach/chest seem to look wet and this morning when I went out she was walking on the stump of her bad leg with her foot flipped backwards. She was having a horrible time getting around, falling over quite a bit until she finally right her foot and then hobbled off to the hut.
I hadn’t been able to clean and refill the pool for a few days as the pipes had frozen. It was half full but perhaps it was too low for her to be able to get to as the other two were still using it. Filled it up and left the hose to run as the like to mess around in the mud and since the snow is melted they can do that again. When I went out later on to shut off the hose, all three were in the pool, zipping around, flapping their wings etc and what seemed like mating behaviour between her and the pekin drake. Could this be another reason she’s secluded herself to the hut and has been off her feed? What’s your take on her leg? My husband is going to get in touch with a vet to see what the options are. At first we just thought the cold was bugging her bad leg and that’s why but after this morning we aren’t so sure.
I’m told she’s “this years duck” so I’m assuming that means she’s around a year or less while the other two are older. She’s also a black duck while the other two are a pekin (drake) and pekin cross (hen). They were being fed scratch and whatever else they found as they pretty much had free roam of the property and river that runs next to it. We’ve continued feeding them scratch but recently it’s been mentioned we should be feeding corn? She's the brown duck in the middle.