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ate a toad and limping

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckiesrule, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. duckiesrule

    duckiesrule Out Of The Brooder

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    So, apparently my mother saw my three indian runners fighting over a toad yesterday ... the culmination of said fight being that one of my ducks swallowed the toad. Is that just a weird story or should I be worried? I don't think toads are on the approved list of delicacies for ducks ...

    On a (probably) unrelated note, that same duck began limping yesterday. We brought her inside and let her relax in the bath by herself. I checked the bottom of her foot and noticed a small bump with a crack across it. I have read a little about bumblefoot. I'm thinking this is probably the beginning of that ... is there anything I can do to prevent infection? Its probably just at the cut stage now ... though the bump sounds like descriptions of bumblefoot. I know this topic has been talked to death, but how does one tell the difference between a cut and "bumblefoot".

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  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I wouldn't worry about the toad. My birds have caught a few and never had any ill effects.

    Can you get a picture of the wound? It's a lot easier to verify with a picture. I've only had to deal with it once so I can't give much advice on the difference between the two.
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    There are normal bumps on the bottoms of duck feet, just callouses, and that can make it harder to be sure if there is a bumble starting up.

    But limping can be early bumblefoot or a pulled muscle, or a few other things.

    A nice swim in lukewarm water will help a pull or a sprain. Epsom salts compress will help all of the above. Es is a laxative so don't just let the duck swim in an Es bath. Dissolve some in warm water and soak a clean rag and then wrap the foot and hold it for s few minutes. You may need a helper, but sometimes we can do it solo if the duck cooperates.[​IMG]

    For bumblefoot, I follow up the Epsom salts compress with a slathering of triple antibiotic (non painkiller variety).
     
  4. blueeyeddemon

    blueeyeddemon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope she/he gets better!!!
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    How are things going with the duckies?
     
  6. duckiesrule

    duckiesrule Out Of The Brooder

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    Still limping,

    Here's her foot with the potential problem.

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    Her okay foot.
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  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I would do the Epsom salts compresses with triple antibiotic ointment afterward. If you are pressed for time, or the poor dear is just too fussy, go with a slathering of ointment two to three times a day for the first four days or so. If it is bumblefoot, I would expect the limp to go away after three or four days. That is how it has been with my runners.
     

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