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!