Ducklings with splayed legs

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MrsSkorp, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. MrsSkorp

    MrsSkorp New Egg

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    Hello all,

    I recently posted on here about how my fiancée and I rescued a pair of ducklings with splayed legs from tractor supply and are trying to rehab them. Per 2 of the avian vets I work with, we are swimming them several times a day and using passive motion therapy with them several times a day, too.

    After just a few days of this, one of them seems to be making great improvements - but the other does not, and one leg in particular seems to be really troublesome for him. I was wondering if you all had any advice about splinting their legs? I also read something about supplementing with niacin? The food they are on right now is purina start and grow (medicated) and I don't believe it has any niacin in it. Is this a mistake? Any advice is appreciated!
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    This link will take you to a site dealing with leg problems scroll down. https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry also what are they on as far as bedding? shouldn't be slippery, they need traction to be able to get their legs under them, keep up the water therapy, and non medicated chick feed with 100-150 megs of niacin added to 1 gal of water, just plain niacin not flush free or time release. also pouiltry vitamins add. this link I gave you will cover how to wrap legs.
     
  3. MrsSkorp

    MrsSkorp New Egg

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    Thank you! I will definitely check out the link. I was under the impression that if they were on unmediated food they could suffer from coccidiosis, is that wrong? And they are currently in a large sterility container on towels to give them some traction.
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    It's not necessary to feed medicated. go outside and dig them up a portion of dirt with grass attached or weeds what ever you have at the moment, let them play in it eat of it and get them ready for the big out doors, best way in the world to get the tummy ready. Ducklings don't get cocci like chickens do. but giving them chucks of dirt with some kind of greens attached to it get their immune system in peak rediness for all they are going to be on when time to go outside.And bless you for giving these lil ones a fighting chance. and also [​IMG]
     
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  5. Jacob Duckman

    Jacob Duckman Out Of The Brooder

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    I didn't know that was curable. thank you! i will get to it asap
     
  6. Quackquack1738

    Quackquack1738 Just Hatched

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    Two of my ducklings have splayed legs when one of them hatched she couldn't walk[​IMG]
     
  7. Lilithts

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    For the splayed legs on young ducklings, you can try tying their legs with a piece of knitting twine just above the "knee". Make it just tight enough to hold the legs into a normal standing position. They will work their way out of it, so you will have to repeat it several times.

    We have had some success doing this with a Pekin chick that was in the starter flock we just got. The rest of the chicks naturally made it more difficult for this one, but they are now two weeks old, and you can't tell which one of the flock had the problem.

    We only had to keep the twine on for a couple of days, but we did make sure that this one had plenty of access to water and feed. We did try to keep the other chicks from crowding it out from the water and food so it had the strength to develop it's leg muscles more completely.
     

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