1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Duckling not standing right what do I do help!! :(

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kat79, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. kat79

    kat79 Chillin' With My Peeps

    313
    13
    101
    Apr 21, 2013
    Hi

    My nearly 5 week old duckling cuddles isnt looking so good. Her legs seem to be spread out further then they should be. All the others are fine, any ideas whats wrong with her? Is there anyway to help her?

    [​IMG]
     
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,615
    95
    118
    Sep 30, 2015
    Oskaloosa,Ia
    Can ducks get spraddle leg?
     
  3. kat79

    kat79 Chillin' With My Peeps

    313
    13
    101
    Apr 21, 2013
    Not sure. First time seeing it or hearing of it.
     
  4. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,615
    95
    118
    Sep 30, 2015
    Oskaloosa,Ia
    did you look it up or do you want to know what it is.
     
  5. kat79

    kat79 Chillin' With My Peeps

    313
    13
    101
    Apr 21, 2013
    I have looked it up but still unsure what caused hers.
     
  6. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,615
    95
    118
    Sep 30, 2015
    Oskaloosa,Ia
    what sort of bedding do you keep them on?
     
  7. Tevyes Dad

    Tevyes Dad Leader of the Quack Premium Member

    2,598
    817
    256
    Apr 22, 2014
    Montana
    Yes ducks can get spraddle leg - I don't know that this is the case though.

    If she isn't getting a niacin supplement (such as brewer's yeast added to her food), you should do that (it won't hurt) regardless of what the issue actually is.

    Can you get a picture that shows the issue in question? I can only see one leg/foot in the pic you put up and don't see anything obviously wrong from that angle.

    And bring in the cavalry... (Sorry, I have not had to deal with any leg issues myself.)

    @Amiga
    @Miss Lydia
    @casportpony
     
  8. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

    22,956
    1,918
    471
    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Ducklings can get spraddle leg. Often leg problems are because some individual ducklings have a higher need for B vitamins, especially B3 (niacin).

    I may not be on long enough to get your reply, so here are my thoughts.

    Start B vitamin supplements a.s.a.p. If you have plain - plain - plain - not no-flush, not slow release, but plain niacin capsules, you can add 100 to 150 mg niacin per gallon of drinking water. I repeat myself because we can lose track of that important detail when worried about ducklings. I don't doubt your sanity or ability to read, I have just seen too many nervous duck parents lose track of that detail.

    Another option is brewer's yeast. Not baking yeast, not wine-making or beer-making yeast, but brewer's yeast (also the very similar nutritional yeast is okay). Many duck folks use a tablespoon of brewer's yeast per cup of food.

    Another option is B Complex capsules. Using the amount of B3/niacin as a guide, put 100 to 150 mg of B3 per gallon of drinking water.

    If the problem is niacin or B vitamin deficiency, improvement is often seen within days.

    Since the legs are already splaying, I suggest you use a hobble. Stoney's Guide to Raising Ducks has instructions, and I believe you can also find instructions on the poultrypedia podiatry page.

    https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry

    .....

    Okay, now I have sent that first part, perhaps you can write about what kind of food they are getting, what kind of bedding they are on. She may need something more grippy, or it may just be she has a tendency to have this problem.

    What breed is Cuddles? She's a cutie!

    Does she get tub time? Always need to supervise ducklings in the water, of course. But tub time in water the same temperature as the brooder (have you read the Sticky on Raising Ducklings yet?) may help the leg problem. Water depth should be just up to her tummy. She won't be able to float for long, but any water exercise she can get will likely strengthen her legs. Constant supervision is needed, and they need to come out of the tub before they get too tired, then right back into the warm brooder.
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2016
  9. kat79

    kat79 Chillin' With My Peeps

    313
    13
    101
    Apr 21, 2013
    Here a pic of her standing up see how her feet are turned in yet higher up its wide.[​IMG]
     
  10. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

    22,956
    1,918
    471
    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Do you have a pic of the others' legs standing this way?

    Thank you, @kat79 and @Tevyes Dad for letting us know about this. Good photo, k.
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2016

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by