Baby duck with gimp leg I have no clue what to do.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Trepidus, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. Trepidus

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    Hello everyone,

    I would first like to start out by thanking all of you guys for your great input and the cumulative wealth of knowledge you all share; you have helped me greatly.
    I do not post much here mostly because I dont have to because 700 people before me have asked all of these questions and I go through a number of forums to get answers and see the pictures of others flocks.

    Now, here is something that I am just having a really difficult time figuring out.
    I had a baby duck (are they still called chicks)? hatch and its leg is jacked up. As it everything "looks" normal other than the fact that he can not put his foot down. It is shaped correctly, it faces the right direction, but it almost looks hyper extended forward. If that makes sense.

    I dont mind having a duck that will end up swimming in circles, but I am not up for hand feeding and watering the little guy.

    My wife and I have only been able to find information on tendon issues, which from what I can see from the pictures others have posted, that is not the problem, or the problem in its entirety.

    I would like to know what your guys thoughts are, should I hang out for a day and see if it gets better? I was thinking that maybe gently pulling the bones apart and setting the leg in the right spot.


    Its an Orpington Buff Duck.

    Other leg seems fine, none of the bones feel broken, I can not feel the tendon, It will not straighten by hand (very minimal movement when trying), duck is not a fan of it being touched. Oddly does not mind being held upside down.

    I have one of those foam incubators that has the fat side of the egg up, self rotating, humidity was 55-65 during incubation time, 75 when it started to pip (increased it after mess with membrane to about 80, pulled him out and its back to 75) temps 98.5-100, candled about 6 times through the process.

    STORY OF THE CHICK.
    This little booger has messed with our plans/time so much lately its been a mess.
    His story goes like this this. Everything was fine through the pip. He started to unzip and just chilled for just over 40 hours without making progress. So I opened the hole up and he was a bit stuck in the membrane, I then sat for a number of hours with q-tips slowly and painfully (I am not a patient person either) getting it wet and slowly rolling up and off the little dudes face, once it was off, I placed him back in the bator and waited some more (this was how I spent the better part of my Easter Sunday) I left this morning and dude was chilling in his egg, chirping away. I figured everything was fine. Well when I got back, I came home to a healthy chick in every way but this leg. I thought maybe he was laying because he was tired nope it was the Leg. So for the last few hours we have been chirping back and forth while my wife and I scour the internet for an answer. (but who are we kidding we are going to end up back here any how).

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    Last edited: Apr 17, 2017
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    Trepidus New Egg

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    Trepidus New Egg

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