found a duckling--help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MiniatureCochin, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. MiniatureCochin

    MiniatureCochin In the Brooder

    May 30, 2011
    Earlier this morning my dad found a duckling in our garden. He is very young, probably hatched yesterday (still has his egg tooth). He is a mallard or mallard/pekin cross (there is a trio of pekin/mallard ducks that live on our street)
    Anyhow, the issue is he has horribly curled toes! He's basically walking on his ''ankles'' if that makes any sense? I think this is because all the ducks in his bevy are closely related.

    Is there anyway to correct his feet? He can swim okay, walks fairly well, but if he falls down, he can't get up, and he doesn't move very fast (never make with his 'flock' on this street--too many predators)


  2. ReeseTheChick

    ReeseTheChick Songster

    May 10, 2011
    Maybe take some cardboard and bandaid and put a piece under the feet and attach the foot to it with the bandaid? It's supposed to help straighten them put. Good luck!
  3. Miyashi

    Miyashi Songster

    Apr 20, 2011
    Gaylord, MI
    Yes yes!
    The bandage with the cardboard. Make a wee set of shoes for the wee duckling.
    Poor little guy, it's great that you found him!
    Hope he does well! <3
  4. paperdragonfarm

    paperdragonfarm Chirping

    Jul 13, 2010
    Exactly what the above posters suggest. I think it's caused by a bacteria that gets in the egg, but I'm not sure. When I worked at a wildlife rehab center we would occasionally get ducks and geese like this. You'll want to massage the webbing and toes with some kind of oil to moisturize the tissue and get it flexible. Putting the shoe right on might be difficult with out first working the ligaments of the feet loose. Good luck!

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