Duckling with an extra leg joint? Help please!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Feanor, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. Feanor

    Feanor Chirping

    May 15, 2012
    I just got an order of ducklings in. Two of them splashed in their water and got soaked (in their initial box lined with paper towels) so I took them out to dry under a heat lamp on dry bedding. Then I noticed that one's foot looked lame, and on inspection it looks like it has 2 knee joints? Like her thigh bone has a bulbous knee on it above its real knee. I thought maybe it was broken and tried to stretch it out to see if I could splint it and I cant. Could this be a birth defect or a partially heeled break?

    You can see its natural "knee" pointing to the right and further up is another joint in the thigh bone before it connects to the body

  2. ChickenRaiser95

    ChickenRaiser95 Chirping

    Aug 19, 2012
    Snohomish County
    I had a chick hatch with the same leg problem. I don't know what to do about it. It is just 2 days old. It can kind of walk-scoot and eat, but would rather sleep and not do anything. She is very weak. The leg on top in the first picture is the one with the extra joint.




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