Duckling with Bad Leg

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by PittyLova, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. PittyLova

    PittyLova Songster

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    Hello all,

    I've done some reading and see a lot of people had ducklings hatch with their legs out behind them, or the foot just needing some help spreading correctly. I haven't seen anybody with a duckling with their leg like this. I will be adding vitamins to the water for sure, but what can I do with this one? It just hatched today so I'm hoping it will loosen up some on its own, but I'm doubting that will be the case. The leg is bent with the foot at the wing like it's over extended itself. The other doesn't seem super strong either. Hoping it's something that can be fixed and not culled.

    Sorry for the crappy picture, my daughter took the pic with her phone and it doesn't have the best camera.

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  2. Miss Lydia

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  3. casportpony

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    Can you straighten the leg?
     
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  5. PittyLova

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    It will not straighten. It has seemed to loosen very slightly over night though. It's still stuck up, but more under the wing than behind it at this point .

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    I don't know what causes that, and I have no idea if there is any way to fix it. :(
     
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  7. PittyLova

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    I'm wondering if it's a tendon issue or something? It's weird I couldnt find anything about it. It has moved some and the duckling is moving around ok. Maybe I'll just give it some time and see what happens. ‍♀️
     
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    :fl
     
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  9. WVduckchick

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    I recently had one that the legs would not un-fold. I tried therapy, wraps, boots, never found anything that helped. I ended up culling it at about 10 days old because it started having trouble getting around and wasn’t growing. It hopped like a frog. :( broke my heart.
     
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  10. PittyLova

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    I'm thinking that's what we're going to have to do. I was just checking it out and the other foot has one toe thats upside down as well. :(
     
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