Duckling unable to stand

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Hannah6j, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. Hannah6j

    Hannah6j Chirping

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    Hi, I have a baby duckling, one day old, who is unable to stand up. He’s really active and moving around but more pushing him self along on his legs than walking and his legs go to the sides or behind. Please help! Is this normal or is there a problem? Thanks!
     
  2. Shadowfire

    Shadowfire Crowing

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    Could you post a picture or short video of his funny walking?
     
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  3. Hannah6j

    Hannah6j Chirping

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    It’s not letting me add a video for some reason?
    We added a small elastic band to his legs a few hours ago (as from what I’ve read splay leg is possibly the issue?)...with the band on he instantly flops forward onto his stomach and just kicks his legs behind madly, unable to move other than wriggling. However, we have just taken it off and he’s standing and walking so much better already, on his feet not his legs like before, so have put it back on.
    Is there a reason he cannot walk with the band on? Horrible to see him flopped down but the band seems to be working...
     
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  4. Hannah6j

    Hannah6j Chirping

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    Have also brought some Niacin to add to their feed or water
     
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  5. Yorkshire Coop

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    Hi there! To post a video on BYC you first need to upload it to YouTube, Vimeo or similar. Then copy the link to the video and paste it in your post. Hope this helps and good luck with your duckling :fl
     
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  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Might just take a bit of getting us to. Make sure the band isn't too tight and that his legs are in proper position under his body.
     
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  7. Hannah6j

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    Thank you! It doesn’t seem too tight but i’ll try losing and see if it they improve. Fingers crossed!
     
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  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    :fl
     
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  9. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    I feel it's a good sign that he can move his legs at all! Hopefully he will gain some strength as he starts eating real food instead of relying on the yolk. Do you know if he had any problems with hatching?
     
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  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    I’d also make sure your ducklings are getting adequate niacin which is very important for healthy leg muscles. Chick starter doesn’t have enough.
     
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