Duck can't walk or stand

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Gatsbysmum, Jul 27, 2014.

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    Gatsbysmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I'm the owner of five ducks. Two Rouens, two Khaki Campbells, and one black Indian Runner. So yesterday morning I let out the ducks to roam the yard like they always do, and I went back inside to do some cleaning. Later I looked out the window and saw that the Indian Runner, Gatsby, was missing from the flock. Me and my sister searched our five acres and eventually found him on the endge of our yard with his legs sprawled behind him. He couldn't get up or move his legs, so we brought him inside. He is currently staying in a dog kennel with towels under him and has constant access to food and water. We also bring him into the living room with us because he enjoys the company. He doesn't seem to be in pain, and is in good spirits. He doesn't seem to have any feeling in his legs also. This morning I gave him a bath, and he was able to spin in circles in the tub, although we couldn't tell if his legs had anything to do with it. I got my ducks on May 20th when they were a week old, and they are fully feathered. We believe Gatsby is a male, although he came unsexed so I don't know for sure. I haven't foound a vet that will see him. We feed our ducks Purina flock raiser, but they also eat grass, clover, bugs, and we give them treats of grapes and strawberries and the like.

    I also found a spot of blood mixed with what I thought must be steri-fluid the size of about a quarter on his left thigh, but I couldn't see the wound through the matted feathers. On second thought, it may not have even been his blood, as our neighbor's dog currently has a sore on his face that spreads blood and saliva on whatever he touches, and he has been known to nuzzle and be affectionate with my ducks, so the blood may be his. My ducks also have been experimenting with flying lately, so it may be a spinal injury? Please share any advice, I don't want to lose my baby. :C
     
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    Gatsbysmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I posted this under both emergencies and Ducks. Thanks.
     

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