Drakes toenail fell off

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by SundownWaterfowl, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. I was clipping the nails on my white call drake today, and his outside nail fell off. The was a tiny bit of blood, but he isnt bleeding anymore. It looked as if he injured his nail by getting it caught on the wire floor of their breeding pen, and then pulled too hard.

    Will the nail grow back?

    Will he be okay? Im so worried that he will get an infection of some sort. He should be fine, right? I mean, people lose nails all the time and they are fine.

    Did you ever have this happen?
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2009
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    As long as the quick and bone are there, it should grow back. I had a rooster lose the tip of his toe as a chick and he only grew a twisty nub of a nail thing as an adult, so even if it doesn't come back, it's not so bad.
  3. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    my runner victor lost her back toe nail randomly on day. There was a bit of blood, but it seems to slowly but surely growing back. How do you clip your's nails? do you use a regular clipper? I've been using a pedipaws, but it takes a long time since their nails are sooo hard.
  4. Quote:I use one of these things. but mine is a bit smaller.
  5. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    Like with us, if you damage a nail by catching it on ice, slipping into something, or even another duck grabbing a toe- what ever ducks do, the outside nail comes off. Just keep an eye on it to make sure its not a fungus or damaged.
    Good luck!
  6. Duck Keeper

    Duck Keeper Songster

    Mar 18, 2009
    Out in the Boonies
    My Drakes both lost nails.

    I've found that if you put Neosporin on it if it continues to bleed, that it heals up pretty fast.

    Hope your Call does okay!

    They're so cute. ^-^
  7. Mrs. Turbo

    Mrs. Turbo Songster

    Jan 26, 2009
    for call ducks we just use fingernail clippers. Their nails get groomed more than mine do....lol
  8. I did stuff it with some antibiotic ointment this morning, and hes looking good.
  9. Chik-N-Crazy

    Chik-N-Crazy In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2009
    Currie, NC
    I don't know if chicks and ducks would be the same, but I had my first RIR day old chick, her nail looked odd, sort of red like it had been pulled up, it never seemed to bother her, but as an adult she doesn't have a nail on the tip of her foot at all. It never grew back, and she is perfectly fine. [​IMG]
  10. RavenStorm

    RavenStorm Songster

    Jun 1, 2008
    Southern CA
    My Khaki scrapped her toenail off when she got startled and slipped down my concrete steps. Her's bled a lot and it was hard to get stopped since she took off the entire quick, but it eventually did stop and healed over, and I noticed yesterday that the quick and the nail are growing back. I didn't give her any anitbiotics because ducks are very hardy and I just wanted to wait and see if she got ill first and she was fine. I only kept her out of the swimming hole for a couple of days.

    I honestly had no idea that you were supposed to clip duck's toenails. There is no mention of it in any of my books on caring for ducks. I did think that my mutt duck's nails were getting too long though but I wasn't sure if I should clip them or not. Is this something you do for show ducks only, or all ducks?

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