My duck broke her foot
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Welcome to BYC!! Ducks are amazing animals. It wasn't that long ago, one of the first threads that I commented on and followed intently was the amazing way ducks deal with pain, injuries and discomfort in general. This past winter we had a young duck get frost bite on her feet. Even though she's got fewer toes than she did and little to no webbing left, she gets along just fine. She does wobble a bit when she walks, but without looking you'd never know. We did keep her separate until her feet healed; by keeping her quiet and comfortable in a small dog kennel in the house. She got to play in the bath at least once every other day and for the most part we kept her in an enclosure that limited her ability to move around. At times it seemed cruel, but she's healed and out with the other kids playing duck games. I noticed a different duck that had a broken bone in it's middle toe and it healed crooked. She gets along good too. If yours really favors it or seems like it is bothering her, then try to find a place where she can't move around a lot and keep her fed and watered. I'd be careful with the tape that holds the splint on so as not to cut off circulation. Good luck and let us know if there's more information we can provide.
Ideally there would be a good duck vet to help. We don't always have that option, I understand.
There is a poultry podiatry page on poultrypedia that may help.
I agree - watch the circulation.
Hennible's vet said advil was okay to give to ducks (though I saw one person said they did not think so . . . ), you need to know the weight of the duck. Here are my notes -
For ducks 6-8 lbs 25-40mg twice daily adult tablets cut up or children's liquid Advil 1.5ml twice daily, orally.
Amiga’s arithmetic – 8 pounds 40 mg is 5 mg per pound
6 pounds 25 mg, is just over 4 mg per pound
so, 4 to 5 mg per pound of duck
end of note.
A poultice of comfrey might help speed the healing. Or maybe comfrey salve or T-Relief.
Any tips on getting her to drink the advil? I put it in a syringe but still seemed to hav missed most
You know that you need to keep the liquid on a certain side of the mouth, yes? I believe the right side is where the liquid should go - otherwise it can go into her lungs.
Edited by Amiga - 5/19/16 at 6:42am
I think that members may need to have a certain number of posts before pictures start to work. So.
Did you have a chance to look at that link?
Here is a demo of syringe feeding a goose - similar for ducks.
Edited by Amiga - 5/21/16 at 7:21pm