DUCK with broken wing? Necrotic tissue? Not sure!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Master Cat, Jan 4, 2015.

  1. Master Cat

    Master Cat Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 4, 2015
    Burnsville, NC
    New poster, here. We have a flock of Welsh Harlequin ducks, 5 hens and a drake. The hens are about 6 mo. old.
    One of the hens was injured two weeks ago (possibly by the drake pulling out her feathers), and I've been keeping her mostly separated and have been administering an oral antibiotic. A few days later, she knocked her wing and bled from the wound somewhat heavily. I stopped administering the antibiotic, not wanting to hurt her worse. Now, two weeks later, the wing injury looks worse than it first did: possibly necrotic, possibly broken, and likely infected (wound smells slightly sweet and is hot). But, the duck is active, flaps her wings, and has continued eating and drinking.

    I'm not sure what to do. It seems like a good idea to wrap the wing, but I don't want to restrict air flow. Is there a common splint I can make, or should I leave it alone? Can anyone tell what's going on with the injured site (skin color, heat, smell, and breakage)? I am hoping hard that someone will tell me it looks fine, and that new feathers will emerge soon, but I do doubt that's what I'll hear.

    Also: the day after I first noticed her wing injury, the leg on the same side became lame. I assume she injured it because the hurt wing put her off balance, but, two weeks later, the foot is still hot (like the wing) and she continues to limp. There is no noticeable injury or swelling of the foot. What could be going on, here?

    I live 35 minutes NE of Asheville, NC, and I cannot find an avian vet. I already went to one vet who knew next to nothing about ducks, and then charged me eighty dollars. If I can do this myself, that would be most practical.

    Thank you for any help,

    Photo 1: See gash in the dark center of the wound: Is it broken? necrotic? infected?
    Photo 2: Wing spread.
  2. Master Cat

    Master Cat Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 4, 2015
    Burnsville, NC
    This is the poster, again:

    I am particularly concerned about infection in the wing and foot. She is hot to the touch, from the wing down to the foot, and her foot is lame (maybe from stumbling after the first injury, but I see no foot wound). The wing wound has a strange, sweet smell.

    Just wanted to emphasis those points. Thanks again, folks.
  3. Amykins

    Amykins Overrun With Chickens

    May 11, 2013
  4. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 9, 2009
    The heat and sweet smell you have mentioned indicate that she has an infection and she urgently needs an antibiotic..if the wing is necrotic she will likely not survive...try obtaining and giving her enrefloxacin and dexameth....your Vet should understand and be able to give her injections of antibiotic and anti inflammatory...

    Hoping she will be OK!

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