adult male runner with weak legs

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Sandrachx, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. Sandrachx

    Sandrachx Songster

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    my runner male is 3 years old and has suddenly had problems with his legs. i forgot about giving them
    niacin (!) and don't remember dosage(s). can anyone help me with treating him?

    we also have 2 ducklings hatched
    the end of july. seem to be doing o.k.
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners 8 Years

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    NIacin is 100 to 150 mg per gallon of water. I think of that as a duckling problem. I wonder what got into your drake?

    Can you feel his legs, see if they seem unusually warm? Give him some time in a lukewarm tub. He may have an infection. Are there swollen spots on the bottoms of his feet?

    I would put some Epsom salts compresses on his legs, or put Epsom salt water in a very small bucket or pan and hold him while he stands in it for as long as I could manage - five minutes at least.
     
  3. Sandrachx

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    thank you! i'll try that for the next few mornings and see if it helps him any.
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners 8 Years

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    If he has an infection that has gone beyond skin deep, if it were me I would look into oral antibiotics.
     

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