Can I Trim My Duck's Toenails?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lauriemae15, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. lauriemae15

    lauriemae15 Out Of The Brooder

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    We rescued a pair of ducks and the male has a limp from being attacked by a hawk. Since he doesn't use one of his feet very much the nails on that foot are twice as long as the nails on his other foot. I am wondering if we can trim them. Could we use a dog nail clipper? Do we have to worry about hitting a vein and causing bleeding? Should we just leave him be? I'm worried the long nails make it harder for him to walk than it already is. Thanks!!
     
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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    You may want to give him swim time it great therapy and may help to strengthen the injured leg, I know this time of yr it's hard to give swim time unless inside though. As far a nail clipping if his nails are clear colored you should be able to see the quick. If dark clip a little at a time, nails bleed alot when you hit the quick.
     
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    We had given them a little pool before it got below freezing but they wouldn't go near it. Guess we will have to wait until spring to see if they will swim or not.
     
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    There's always the bath tub... [​IMG]
     

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