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Duck limping, not sure why.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ChickenNewbie32, Mar 3, 2017.

  1. ChickenNewbie32

    ChickenNewbie32 Out Of The Brooder

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    (I have posted this in the injury sub-forum but i thought it would make more sense if i posted it here) My duck has been limping for quite a while now, i have gotten it from my uncle since i had chickens i could take care of it, i asked him why it's limping and he didn't know. His neighbors gave it to him so it was limping before. Recently i have noticed that she is in alot of pain so i decided to ask the BYC forums because you guys have helped me with all my chicken problems.

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  2. Devw

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    From the pictures, it looks like some kind of genetic defect or an injury it probably got when it was a duckling. The duck probably grew to adulthood with that injury, so the duck's body as adapted to it. However, if it's causing pain now it probably means the duck is too heavy for it to keep walking like that.

    Are the hips aligned? Or is it just the knob on the feet?
     
  3. Miss Lydia

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    Are you sure this isn't a break? sure is swollen too. Poor thing I'd def say she is in pain.[​IMG] Possibly an infection in the joint or bone

    Lets see if we can @casportpony to have a look she has treated just about everything. Hard to tell if hips are aligned unless you can get a pic from behind of her legs while she is standing. Full view
     
  4. chickens really

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    Now I do not know if this is correct or not?.....I asked in my thread also.....I have no issues at this time though....

    Silica grit if your soil is lacking in it?.....swollen joints and leg stiffness can be a lack in the silica?.....Only learned this about Birds this week...?.........Hope someone knows about this?...I know my Horses get the Silica salt blocks......


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  5. Amykins

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    My Bean is struggling with this, too. The vet thought it was neurological at first, but it got worse, so he took an x-ray and discovered a large infection in her joint. She may have contracted it through her bumblefoot when she was being boarded at the ranch. I wish I never had to send my babies there for all those months....
     
  6. Miss Lydia

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  7. ChickenNewbie32

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    She had a scar today on her beak it was small but i'm not sure if it's from the rooster pecking at her or if she hurt herself from putting her beak in the fence.

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  8. Miss Lydia

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    It looks like her legs are spread apart too far. But I am not that familiar with Pekins that maybe normal with them, and her one left foot looks to be pointing more inside. Which can mean she didn't get adequate nician as a ducking. @CyndiD has a Pekin that has leg problems lets see if she will have a look. If at all possible I'd have a vet look at her. She may need an oral antibiotic


    I'd also put a different fencing up over top of the chicken wire so she doesn't poke her head in far enough the roo could get her in the eye's Just up about 2' from the ground.
     
  9. Devw

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    I bought a muscovy duckling a year or so back, and I didn't realize that something was wrong until it was very obvious, about a week after I got her. She looked very similar to your duck's problem, and when I investigated I found that the hips were misaligned, causing her left leg to be farther forward than her right one, causing a dramatic limp. I believe what happened was that her leg got dislocated and then healed on its own. If you can, I would recommend checking for that. I doubt that its an infection, since you've indicated that this duck probably has had this for awhile.
     
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  10. ChickenNewbie32

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    There aren't any vets around me that treat ducks/birds. The only thing i can do is go to the pet store to buy medicine.
     

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