HELP! 2-mo. Old duckling with a swollen leg!
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I had a duckling that jumped out of the hatchery box and hurt her leg before she was even a week old.
The vet prescribed daily swims in warm water so she could still build muscles in the leg. I let her swim 2x a day during the week and 3-4 times a day on the weekends for as long as she was able to swim without being tired.
I did not remove her from the brooder because I wanted her to maintain a bond with her flock mates. I fixed a small feeding station for her so she could eat in peace without being jostled around by her flock mates.
The vet also prescribed metacam and i gave it to her twice daily.
She healed well and doesnt limp at all now. She is still my smallest hen but is my most productive and largest egg layer.
Love, care and patience can heal duckling leg/joint injuries.
I didn't change her diet at all. she ate the same food, vegetables and greens as her flock mates.