Help! Duckling might have broken leg!
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Edited by goofychickens - 5/1/16 at 5:15pm
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How old is he? What do they eat?
Wondering if he could have been hypothermic? Or starting to show a niacin deficiency?
Another possibility is eating something toxic...almost sounds like a nervous system problem.
My daughter successfully rehabilitated a duckling with a broken leg. You don't want to let it get tightened all crunched up as it heals, so you can make a splint and spread the foot. She used a popsicle stick and cardboard. She carried the ducking around in a fanny pack. After a few days she started re-hab with water therapy - they take to it naturally! It gradually strengthened and he could walk again. Grew up just fine. Good Luck!
Make sure you feel for a break and set the bones. They need to be joined to heal but also rub slightly to stimulate calcification. Make sure it is not too tight by checking the toes for proper coloring (purple is too tight).
If you do not feel a break, check the tendon down the back of the leg and make sure it is not out of place at the knee. This is a more common injury than broken legs and it can also be taped if treated soon enough. If this is the case you tape above and below the joint while holding the tendon in place. I use paper tape for this too. The joint needs to bend without the tendon rolling to the side.
Edited by Duck Drover - 5/2/16 at 4:24am