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Duck with a sudden limp

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by RascalAndJemima, Sep 12, 2016.

  1. RascalAndJemima

    RascalAndJemima In the Brooder

    Sep 12, 2016
    Jemima, one of my two girls, began limping today. She clearly doesn't like putting much pressure on her right leg and this afternoon she has been sitting in the corner of the garden whilst Rascal snuffles around ( they usually waddle and snuffle around together). She did stand up (a little awkwardly) and waddle up the garden when I whistled them over and she did get up to feed and drink.

    Her poos are fine and everything else seems to be in order. My husband saw her fall out of the paddling pool as she tried to get out too quickly and he thinks that she did fall on that side. I've looked over her and there is nothing obvious that I can see or feel. I've read every single page and thread on the Internet and am thinking that she may have sprained her leg? I popped them back into their coop so she can't go on a massive jaunt and I was planning on keeping my eye on her for the next week to make sure there is an improvement and it doesn't get worse. Obviously if it does I'll take her to the vets. What do you think?

  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England

    Sounds like a pull or a sprain - here's what I do.

    Rub a small dab of T-Relief into the leg, up, down, all around. About 3 times a day for the first few days, then once a day, at bedtime for another ten days or so. Sprains and pulls can take several days to heal.

    If it seems like a big sprain, wrap the whole leg in Epsom salt compress for several minutes once a day for two or three days. Follow with the T-Relief. Epsom salt is a laxative, don't let them ingest any.

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