duck feet problem?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mestaske, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. mestaske

    mestaske Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 14, 2011
    Southern Colorado
    my new duckling is only a few days old. So far it wobbles around, its legs look like they were up by the head in the egg, is this normal? They seem really far up to the head and it seems like the duckling doesnt use them much. is this normal, will the legs straighten out in a bit?
  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    At only a few days old, there is a good chance they will straighten out. Just in case you didn't know, waterfowl food usually has extra Niacin which helps a duck's leg development. Tractor Supply starter is supposed to have enough Niacin in its formulation for water fowl, but other chick starters might need supplementation with ground niacin tablets or brewers or nutritional yeast.
  3. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    Can you post a picture of your little one??? Also check the hocks- do they have a full range of movement ??? Just be careful and dont force the joint in trying to move them, especially if it seems to cause any pain, it sounds like it could have an issue if the legs are up that high.

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