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Duckling not growing and has a limp

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by macyduck, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. macyduck

    macyduck In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2017
    I bought 3 ducklings last week, two of which are more than twice their original size now and one that hasn't gotten any bigger. They were all healthy seeming up until yesterday when we took them outside to play, our little runt wasn't walking with the others and when he tried he limped. He keeps his leg curled up and doesn't move much. I put him in the bath and he swims perfectly! His size also concerns me so I take him out and hand feed and water him daily to make sure he's getting plenty to eat. He has chick started (non-medicated) and grit. He also doesn't stretch his neck like the others.
    I'm not sure about their age but I'm assuming they were 3-4 days old when I bought them and believe they are Pekins[​IMG][/IMG]

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Ducklings frequently have niacin deficiencies which cause problem with movement and legs. Please do post on the Ducks thread and also the "emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures," thread.

    If you have more pictures to him to post please do on the other forums. From the little picture of him looks like one of his wings isn't right. The photo will not enlarge !!
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  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under macyduck [​IMG] Welcome!

    Sorry, I have no experience with Ducks but I see you have posted on the Duck and ER Forums so I will just wish you and your little one all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you ‘Find your State’s thread.

    If you would like to share more pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]

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