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Hi everyone. My mom gifted us a baby duckling. IDK anything about him/her other than its tiny. Still a baby. We have a small cage where he sleeps and he has duckling food and fresh water all the time. We are all gentle with him. We let him out to walk the backyard for a little bit while i am there or one of the older kids is. We also let him play with us in the house for a while at times. He is a pet. Ive had him a few days and already he has won my heart. I am writing because just a while ago I noticed one of his little feet is bruised. No cuts and hes eating and drinking well. He limps but very little. I made a small water bath for him and he bathed and splashed till he tired then I put him in his cage while he did his usual grooming. He is eating now and settling to sleep ( his normal routine). What can i do to help his foot? its bruised but not broken or bleedin. I will keep him in his cage until he heals and just take him out for baths. We only use cool water. our house is warm and we cover his cage at night also. 

This is just until he is big enough to sleep in a coop outside ( in the summer). Does he need to see a vet? I plan to take him to a vet later for checkups. What advice do you all have for me? BTW thanks for this awesome forum! 

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Can you post a picture of his foot please

It is probably just a minor injury and won't need a vet.

 

BCP

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​Hi and :welcome - maybe if you post your question on the duck section you may get further advice.

 

If you check out the Learning Centre, you'll find a whole host of resources on all things chicken / duck. 
 
 
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- maybe if you post this in the duck section you may get some further advice. 

 

All the best

CT

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There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around the run.
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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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Do you think his foot got stepped on? Does he seem to be in pain?   If it gets swollen and hot to the touch, then I think he would need to see a vet.  You may want to ask about him  on the "Duck thread,".   Birds get stepped on often because they like to run between your feet., especially chickens. He sounds like a nice little fellow, hope he will be back to normal soon.

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:welcome

 

Here's a link to take you direct to the duck forum:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks

 

One thing about his foot...is he getting Niacin in his diet? If not, that can lead to all sorts of leg problems in waterfowl. Here's an article on it in the Learning Center:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/foot-and-leg-problems-in-waterfowl-niacin-deficiency

 

Good luck with your duckling, he's a cutie!

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Thank you everyone. Here is a pic of his foot. It's swollen only where it's bruised but it isn't hot. It's the same temp as the other foot. He walks fine no limping now. But I've had him in his cage and only let him out while we clean and change the cloths. He walks and splashes in his water also.
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