My 1 year old duck has been in the water for 3 days then finally i was able to catch it and i find out it can not walk at all it uses its wings and i do not know what is wrong with the leg any advice?
Help do not know what to do
Male or female? If female, could be eggbound.
Could be a spinal injury, or infection.
Can you get the duck to a vet?
Can it move the legs? Any sign of swelling? Is the leg or are the legs very warm? What breed, and how much does it weigh?
Edited by Amiga - 5/20/16 at 7:10pm
Its a female yes it can move its legs but when she tries to walk she cant get her legs to walk with its wings and she will fall on the side or just fall i think its a pekin duck I do not know her weight and there not vet that we can take her to.
Edited by bellafina2003 - 5/21/16 at 9:30am
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Get her into a tub of lukewarm water so she can float - keep an eye on her while she is in the tub.
Give her some extra calcium - I crush calcium citrate tablets and put them in food or treats. I'd go with 250 mg at first, then maybe 100 mg twice a day for a few days.
Be careful handling her - you don't want to crush an egg inside her, if that's the case.
If it's egg yolk peritonitis, she'll need some serious antibiotics to give her a fighting chance.
I think that a boost of calcium for a day or two won't do harm. I am not a vet, though, so please don't do anything you feel not right about. I know I have given my ducks boosts of at least 100 mg from time to time, but they were not egg bound - a very serious condition.
There is such a thing as too much calcium, but I don't know what the limit is.
Yes, I think that is one possibility as to why she cannot walk.
Mouth open may be expressing pain or stress.
Edited by Amiga - 5/21/16 at 1:37pm
Sometimes, for different reasons, the egg-making system gets stuck. Then an egg that should be passed stays, and that can cause infections and a pileup of eggs sometimes. Sometimes the duck will strain to lay until she pushes part of the tube that carries the egg outside her body - a prolapse.
The tub time can help relieve discomfort. The calcium may help because between the two, if she is egg bound, that could get the egg out of there naturally.
Make sure she has plenty of fresh water and good food.
Hennible's vet said that advil is okay for ducks.
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 - you need to know how much she weighs.