Duck Feet Bandages

Weeg

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The only problem is waterproofing. I can't separate my ducks really, because they will throw them selves at the walls of any cage I put them in away from everyone else. The only way to keep them out of the wetness would be to block off the pool for the whole flock, which I really down want to do, plus it is really rainy here all the time and the run isn't covered, so the run in general gets really wet. Any waterproof ideas? and how to wrap correctly without any leaks?
 

Isaac 0

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The only problem is waterproofing. I can't separate my ducks really, because they will throw them selves at the walls of any cage I put them in away from everyone else. The only way to keep them out of the wetness would be to block off the pool for the whole flock, which I really down want to do, plus it is really rainy here all the time and the run isn't covered, so the run in general gets really wet. Any waterproof ideas? and how to wrap correctly without any leaks?
Unless the water is considered sterile, allowing the duck post-surgery to swim in muddy, bacterial infested water is a bad idea in the first place, but to answer your question, a hydro-seal bandage can be incorporated into the bandage somehow to discourage water from soaking into the bandage.

What id being used in the first picture, as the base?
I'm not sure. You might be able to use cardboard, or very thick paper, possibly glued into two, as a structural base.
 

Weeg

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Unless the water is considered sterile, allowing the duck post-surgery to swim in muddy, bacterial infested water is a bad idea in the first place, but to answer your question, a hydro-seal bandage can be incorporated into the bandage somehow to discourage water from soaking into the bandage.
My mini pond can drain, so mostly dirt rather then poop. But my biggest issue, was that the rate would get trapped inside the bootie, and then it is trapped by there feet and it isn't working.
 

KaleIAm

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Excellent post Isaac. I haven't had to wrap my ducks' feet for several years, but I was so incapable that I bought the neoprene boots like the second duck has in pink. They worked great for padding and keeping the medication on.

Unfortunately everytime my duck drank water would run down her neck and body and into her boots. Her feet would be all pruney and wrinkly after being wet all day long. I ended up having her wear boots only at night when my ducks don't have water.
 

Weeg

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Unfortunately everytime my duck drank water would run down her neck and body and into her boots. Her feet would be all pruney and wrinkly after being wet all day long. I ended up having her wear boots only at night when my ducks don't have water.
This was my problem exactly! I just treated it to the point that I thought it might heal on its own, and stopped because it was terrible that there feet were just sitting on water!
 

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