Help! Duck can't use legs

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by dukabird, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. dukabird

    dukabird In the Brooder

    Jan 22, 2014
    Hi all. I have a 10 y/o mallard drake who was fine this morning. However, when I got home from work I immediately knew something was wrong, as he usually meets me quacking at the door and I instead found him laying uncomfortably b/t the bed and wall; not making a sound. His legs are limp. He cannot bear weight on them. Both seem equally affected. I can't imagine he'd break both legs, so now I am fearing for a blood clot. He was listless and I thought I'd lose him sooner than later...... And after about 3 hours now he is perking up, taking some water, but won't eat and cannot use his legs. I have not taken him to the ER vet because they will confiscate him as he is considered "wildlife" (even though he's been a house duck in diapers for 10 years). Any ideas or suggestions?? I'm so worried he's in terrible pain.
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Just some thoughts - is it spring-summer where you are, or autumn-winter? Older drakes can have troubles with their reproductive parts especially during mating season.

    He could have an infection, or is it possible he ate something toxic? If toxin, a flush followed by charcoal slurry and lots of fresh water may help.

    It is a tough situation you are in, not being able to get a vet's help.

    Anti-inflammatories may help . . . aspirin is not recommended, but hennible got some information from a vet a while ago.

    A note on pain killers for ducks. Straight from the vets mouth, ducks can have Advil.
    For ducks 6-8 lbs 25-40mg twice daily adult tablets cut up or children's liquid Advil 1.5ml twice daily, orally.

    (Amiga's arithmetic – 8 pounds 40 mg is 5 mg per pound
    6 pounds 25 mg, is just over 4 mg per pound)

    so, that translates to 4 - 5 mg per pound of duck


    Something else to consider is a product called Manna Feast - super nutrition. Read about Young Matthew. May not be the same thing, but worth considering.
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2014

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