Duck with Partially torn toe nail...HELP!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by gal5150, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. gal5150

    gal5150 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Noticed this afternoon that Dolly, 7 wk WH, has broken the nail on her back toe. Sorry for the cruddy pic but give you an idea of the situation [​IMG]

    It's torn and bent inward. Now I have read if it is still attached to remove it with clippers but there is significant resistance. It's not just dangling so it is clearly still attached at the skin on the other side.

    She is not limping and doesn't seemed bothered by it but I am TERRIFIED. First time duck mom here....help and encouragement would be appreciated!
     
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    first off DON'T PANIC, hard as it may be there are worse things that can happen, if the other ducks are picking at the nail then separate her from them, clean the nail and just keep an eye on it
     
  3. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    if it swells or she looks like she is in pain when walking is when you should worry
     
  4. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As mentioned clean the wound, be sure to have it sterilized, I recommend you bandage it, keep the duck in a sterilized environment for a few days, just to be sure that the wound can scab over. Then if you would like to put the duck back out you can but be sure that the wound is not being pecked at.
     
  5. gal5150

    gal5150 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all for your quick replies! So are we in agreement to leave it as is, position wise, let it heal that way while cleaning and keeping an eye out for infection? I'm really not interested in removing it as when I tried to move it back to its proper station it would not move AT ALL. I'm wondering if it didn't happen sometime last night and has already healed a bit that way.
     

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