- May 18, 2015
We have chickens and ducks. I have a four+ week old Pekin who broke her leg when she was a few days old. We took her to a good vet who xrayed it with a little canine tooth xray pad thing. Its a long nasty splinter facture that goes from the top of her thigh about 1/3rd down and up to 2/3rds into the bone. It is healing as well as can be for her rapid growth. The vet set it would never be the same, it would heal asymmetrically and she would have a limp forever, but it wasn't life threatening etc. The problem is our coop is off the ground with a ramp, and the pond is also off the ground with a ramp. Today I took her out and wanted to see if she could manage the ramp at all - and she cant, she couldn't even hold her legs well enough to stand still on the ramp let alone move up the ramp. Im thinking we may have to modify things and get the pond at ground level etc. My question is - has anyone else had a duck that had a broken leg that healed? Maybe its too early - was your duck able to walk up a ramp? or is this not an option at all. If she cant get up a ramp, how is she going to get out of a duck pond by herself? We love her, she imprinted on us, we are forever keeping her and want to make things easy for her. I just wondered if anyone else out there had any experience, my guess is time will tell, but if I need to alter things, I want to do it now so it will be ready for her when she can start swimming on her own. I let her swim in the bath tub every day, but im putting her in and out of there. Any advice for long term comfort?