Hello everyone! I have a huge problem that I posted all over duck pages on FB because it was severe and I needed an answer right away.There are FIVE muscovy ducks that are limping and can't stand on ONE leg. 4 males and 1 female. It's so strange how 5 ducks have the same injury at the same time.
One of them is a duck that I raised when he was separated from his family. He doesnt live with me, he lives with the other ducks at the pond which are all his friends. I moved away but I visit from time to time.(and yes, he transitioned REALLY well. I still lived by him while he was transitioning. Everyone would always say that him and his sibling were now leaders of the pond since all the other ducks respected them) These ducks mean the world to me!!!!
Anyway, I called Wildlife and they thought the problem was strange too. People keep giving me different ideas about what it could be, such as vitamin deficiency, lameness, or even someone hurting them intentionally. Nothing makes sense though. Why would FIVE have only ONE hurt leg at the same time and when they're all different ages? And if it was a human, they wouldn't only hit one leg. Someone also suggested snapping turtles. There are no cuts, bumps or anything. Just one hurt leg that they can't stand on. They are doing blood work and the doctor says that they have nerve damage from being overweight. That doesn't make sense either!! I'm sure they have a lot of fat due to people constantly feeding them bread even when I told some that it was bad for ducks. I feed them Cheerios from time to time but it's just a snack and not an everyday thing. I read on different duck pages that it was fine and some people told me that they give their ducks Cheerios too. People are now telling me that it's really bad though. (Not as bad as bread but still bad) Back to the original subject, I was told that they are getting lameness from being overweight. But how?? It doesn't add up that they would all have this at the same time! So I was told they will be doing additional blood work. They originally thought it would be because of bacteria in the pond but the doctor came up with the lameness idea because she found nothing bad except for the layers of fat. Now, one of them told me it's really hard to pinpoint what the real problem could be though since we don't know what kind of issues could be in their environment. They said they will be testing it though.
HAS ANYONE ELSE HAD THIS PROBLEM? If it really is from them being overweight, HOW CAN I HELP THEM LOSE WEIGHT?? The doctor said that I need to call the city to put up signs to tell people to stop feeding them bread but they will take a long time to heal and might not fly. THIS SCARES ME. I WANT THEM HEALED ASAP!!!! :( And if they have lameness, HOW DO I HEAL THEM OR TAKE THEIR PAIN AWAY??? PLEASE HELP!!! LIKE I SAID, THESE DUCKS MEAN THE WORLD TO ME!!! I JUST WANT THEM TO BE HAPPY AND HEALTHY!!!! ANY HELP IS APPRECIATED. PLEASE NO FIGHTING LIKE THE PAGES ON FB THOUGH. :( I JUST WANT ANSWERS TO HELP MY BABY AND HIS FRIENDS.