Hi, This note is for Amiga,
I'm Diana from TX. I'm staying in an RV park where there's a pond and some ducks (6) and one of the females has injured her leg. She's been limping on it for several weeks now. Some days it seemed to get better and other days worse. This morning I noticed her regular male was with the two other females - (there is a story here: "Cotton-top", "Gimpy's" male mate, would run around trying to mate with "King Mallard's" two girls, but poor KM got run over or something mysterious happened to him that caused him to fall down dead on the side of the road, leaving the two girls and "Pierre" - (he's a lover not a fighter) hiding in the bushes on the other side of the road away from "Cotton-top" the rapist. During the course of several weeks I would not see the girls but Pierre got tired of all the shenanigans and returned home to the park's pond eventually making friends again with Cotton-top and Gimpy).
Over this period the three would come to my RV for corn feeding. If they didn't show up I would walk over to the pond and drop some feed for them and check up on them. I also would check up on the girls, try to find them and discovered a continuation of a "bayou" where they would be hiding out, "on the other side of the busy road". Turns out there was a small under road bayou passage. When they needed corn they would come home and show up a few days later.
I was worried when Gimpy didn't show up this morning for the usual feeding/foraging and got out to go find her. Thought she'd be on her nest of 6 eggs - took her awhile to go sit on them. Then I learned they won't until all eggs are laid. So no Gimpy until then I spot Pierre mounted on her and ding-dong Cotton-top allowing his mate to be mounted by of all ducks, Pierre. His own girl won't hang with him because he's such a pansy. I noticed that Gimpy really couldn't get away so she just layed there taking the mounting.
Then I started to walk over toward the three of them to give Gimpy some relief because I knew she had a bum leg. Finally Pierre runs away and Cotton-top too and she's left behind looking real bad. She's never looked so lame on her right leg and she was looking like she was in some pain. She recognized me and tried to hop on over to me. I took her some corn which she proceeded to eat hastily while in a laying position. She would limp off wobbly, barely, and then squat and rest. I feel so bad for her. She may not make it. Cotton-top has abandoned her and now the two other girls have become part of his new harem (King Mallard was the alpha male) along with Pierre. So all this time that Gimpy has been a faithful mate, she's "the odd man" out with even the lowliest member of the group (Pierre) taking advantage of her, which he NEVER got to do before because he was just spineless. Haha. Don't get me wrong - they each have their own personality and I love Pierre because he's pretty sweet and even tempered. But in the soap opera world of these here ducks, Pierre is finally getting some, but to the dismay of poor Ms. Gimpy.
I read most of what to do for Gimpy's leg from the case above (this thread) and it looks so similar to Gimpy's case. How do they even hurt themselves like this - I'm guessing from all the raping going on. :) Either way, I think I can try to help Gimpy. The park owner raised these ducks from babies, but he's not that fully vested by now, I'm guessing. There may be a way that I can single her out and give her some TLC. I'll need to get some kind of a kennel to keep her in and safe at night. We've got a couple ferral cats that come out at night. There's a fenced in area for small equipment and the owner mentioned one of the places he continued to raise the ducks after his wife said the bath tub was forever more off limits! Ha. So I'd sure like to see Gimpy have a chance at recovering.
So to reiterate: E.S. Compress wrapped around bum leg, Poultry Vitamins, Topical Antibiotic and possibly a stint?? Place in a quiet environment, with food and water and a little swimming pool too or no? Keep her this way for as long as she begins to show good progress. Could be several weeks, yes?
I've never done something like this before but I'm willing to give it a try. I don't know if I'll be able to catch Gimpy but by the way she's laying down so quickly and easily I might could catch her. But I should be prepared to take her to the hospital ward (the equipment area of the park) and get her taken care of. Stuff like this, dental infections, always seem to fall on a weekend when everything and everyone is closed until after the holiday weekend. Dang murphy's law!
Let me know if you got any other helpful tidbits of info that I should know about before I begin the rescue. Please tell me where I can get these healing supplies. There is a feed store in town that I could ask if they carry any of the vitamins and epsom stuff. Hope they do. Would make it much easier for me.
Thanks for your help.
Diana K - TX (I don't know if I'm supposed to do this or not but it may be quicker to get w me direct)
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