duck leg issue
So let me start off with this guy has had alot of issues. First he couldn't walk but later learned to get around ok and was always a good swimmer. So hes been out all summer and has been fine until last week i noticed he wasn't moving around much. I have felt his leg and it seems ok and i can push the leg back towards his body and dont feel any popping or anything weied. If i hold it in it looks the same as the other side. He does still move is leg around but cant stand on it unless i help hold him and take weight off it. He also cant really swim any more. Just in circles. My thoughts were just to wrap it and put it back where it should be. Is this right and has anyone seen something like this?
Pekin? Reg or Jumbo? @metallica21156 You might want to try some B complex in the drinking water sometimes B's can help with leg issues especially when young. If this is a jumbo Pekin then they are so prone to having leg issues because they were breed as meat birds. So making sure they don't get over weight and vitamin support may help. 250 megs of B complex with at least 125 meg of niacin.In the B complex
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Edited by Miss Lydia - 8/2/16 at 8:34am
Is he still try and keep up with the rest of the flock? When ducks are having any kind of leg issues rest is best. water therapy is another with supervision. Did you feel to make sure the leg isn't out of joint at the hip? No heat or redness at all in the leg?
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I am wondering if he can spend some time each day in a sling that takes the weight off and helps the leg return to a more normal position. You might want to stop the aspirin and give him a quarter teaspoon of turmeric instead.
When he is in the water the leg looks more like it should so im thinking its still in the joint. He does try to go to them and move around but since its so far out he doesn't move. I didn't feel any extra warmth or look reder then other side. Today it looked like he was starting to stand on it but im unsure if hes going to be able to walk on it. Ive tried wrapping it but he keeps getting it off. Ive also been giving him half a baby aspirin in am and pm, save a chick electrolyte and niacin. Should he be wrapped or left as is? His hip is still pointing out when he does stand.
I'm sorry I can't remember where I read this but aspirin is suppose to be harmful to their kidneys you might want to do some research yourself before stopping it though. If you can find some info on making a sling for him like Amiga said in her post that might help too. I wouldn't wrap. I'd keep him in a small area so he can rest but still be able to see his mates. I beleive @CyndiD has a Pekin with legs similar maybe she can add something to this..
hi i just saw this post, sorry so late. my pekin i hatched came out w/pigeon feet. i hatched her March, she is 5mo now. i was very protective of her for her first 3.5months, now i only pic her up and carry her to the pool. she getss out on her own (i have bricks inside & out of the pool) and she walk around our back yard w/the rest of the ducks. she does get tired at times and if the other ducks have left her for awhile (while they forage or go to another pool) she will quack/honk until they come back to be w/her. she does have a hatch mate that will stay w/her longer than the other ducks.
her left hip looks just like your ducks, she does lay to one side when she is in the grass, she swims just fine and she walks up and down the pallet and steps i have w/some ease. she does stumble going down at times, she uses her beak to balance herself and she will fly/walk (i call it) she uses her wings like she is starting to fly and lift herself off the ground and walk on her toes, know what i mean? it is precious. other than her hip/joint issues she is perfectly healthy and thriving. since i do not carry her everywhere as much as i use to she gets more exercise and seems to have gotten better at walking and using her legs. i do not think she will ever get any better than she is now? i can tell when she is tired, so i help her out by picking her up and putting her to bed or near the food bowl, etc. my pekin drake even had his way w/her and she was very accepting of it, she was in the pool w/her back flat waiting for him. they were in one of my smallest pools, so she could push him off easier than the deep pools i have.
a lot of info, sorry, but this is my experience w/my very special pekin "Ali" is her name. here is a video i made of her when she was 2mo and i made one today. Ali is 5mo now.
ETA: youtube video
Edited by CyndiD - 8/9/16 at 4:07pm
try this site for Q's on waterfowl eating asprin.