Baby with sore leg? Or broken?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jroyalimage, May 5, 2016.

  1. jroyalimage

    jroyalimage In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2015
    So one of my baby ducks is walking really weird. His leg isn't deformed or anything, he just doesn't put pressure on it. He can move it, he just scratched his head with it as I'm writing this post. He's eating, drinking, and pooping a lot. He is way smaller than the others. But in his defense, he was the always smaller than everyone else.
    He can walk, well more like hop and he'll put his hurt leg down to balance himself every now and then so he can move it. And he uses it to swim. Is it just a sprain or something? He's been doing this for a couple days now.
  2. cayugaducklady

    cayugaducklady Chirping

    Jul 20, 2015
    New England USA
    The hopping and using it to scratch sounds just like my duckling with a bone crack and sprain that happened with my first batch of ducklings The vet prescribed metacam (? i dont have the bottle in front of me) for inflammation and daily swims in warm water to encourage exercise.

    Her sprain/crack were at the bottom of the leg bone where is connects to the ankle. The joint was sprained and the boen above it was cracked.

    I made sure there was a small container of feed and veggies near the spot she liked to lay in under the brinsea brooder.

    She grew into a healthy adult and is now just slightly smaller than her flock mates.

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