Duckling leg therapy--help?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by iamcuriositycat, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Okay, so I plan to mark this one permanently (perhaps by punching webbing? Thoughts? Tips?) so I never breed from it. But I do want to help it survive.

    Has anyone had success offering leg therapy to a duckling? The little guy has his legs stuck out behind him and can't coordinate them to walk. He keeps flopping over and can't get up. Good head & neck control when upright, but can't seem to stay upright due to legs.

    I was thinking that maybe if we hold him a lot and hold his legs under him, and then sometimes "swim" his legs to give him a feel for the way they ought to move might help him build the strength & coordination he needs to make it.

    Thoughts? Tips? Advice? I want to give him a chance. Also, if you have hopeful stories about your own floppy-legged ducks, let me hear them!!

    Thank you!

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