Duckling very splay legged. Help!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Crayonsmom, May 26, 2011.

  1. Crayonsmom

    Crayonsmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a day old duckie in a bit of a pickle. The poor thing didn't absorb all of the yolk, probably spent most of his time flailing around like a turtle in the incubator when nobody was home, and is now very splay legged and weak. [​IMG] He's out on the porch with the others, but is still having trouble moving despite the hobbles that I put on him. Is there anything else I can do? I'd hate to just sit back and watch him get weaker and weaker.
     
  2. DurhamDuck

    DurhamDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure what else you can do, just make sure he is able to eat and drink enough. He might get stronger and his legs right themselves.

    Good luck!!
     
  3. Crayonsmom

    Crayonsmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks. [​IMG]

    I carried him around the yard with me for a bit. Such a cutie pie. [​IMG] I think he's half runner which is awesome. I love runners, but we only have one right now. Anyway, when I put him back in with his buddies he seemed much better, and now he's walking around like normal. I'll probably take the hobbles off tomorrow or the next day, before he grows too big for them.
     

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