Duck still not walking

Lleal90

Chirping
May 2, 2018
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Rhode Island
about a month or so my duck stopped walking out of no where. She gets niacin. Gets vit b. Gets supplements. Even prior to whatever happened. Her foot always looks closed if that makes any sense and her toes feel cold to the touch. Should I be putting her down at this point? I just don’t get what happened. She was walking fine one day and down the next. In the pool I’ve noticed from her ankle down just looks limp.
 

DuckMama9

Songster
Aug 8, 2019
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Lubbock, Texas
No, don’t put her down! Take her to a vet immediately! Leg injuries are the most common in ducks and their legs are the weakest point. Something maybe happened and maybe with proper care the leg can heal. If you do end up with a disabled duck and you can’t give her the special care there are others who can and will! So you might ask around before deciding to kill her.
 

bobbi-j

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Mar 15, 2010
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about a month or so my duck stopped walking out of no where. She gets niacin. Gets vit b. Gets supplements. Even prior to whatever happened. Her foot always looks closed if that makes any sense and her toes feel cold to the touch. Should I be putting her down at this point? I just don’t get what happened. She was walking fine one day and down the next. In the pool I’ve noticed from her ankle down just looks limp.
In my opinion, that would be the kindest thing for her at this point, if you feel she won't get better. I feel that we are responsible for our animals' health and quality of life. If she's not able to walk, and hasn't for a month, you have given her ample time to heal. She hasn't. I can't imagine that's a good life for her. She would be target #1 if a predator were to show up at your place. Better to put her down kindly and swiftly than to chance the terror and pain she would suffer with a predator attack.

As far as a vet goes, if you can even find one that treats ducks, you have to decide whether or not it's financially feasible for you to pay over $100 for and office call for a $10-$15 dollar bird. (Or whatever ducks cost - I'm not a duck person, so I have no idea.)

Raising animals isn't all sunshine and roses. Sometimes we have to make hard decisions regarding their care and their futures.
 

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