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Help! Duck suddenly limping really badly, VERY hot leg!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Mccluckers, Jun 13, 2015.

  1. Mccluckers

    Mccluckers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a female call x mallard and last night she was running around foraging...etc but this morning she can't walk just shuffles with difficulty.She can't use her leg at all really but can swim normally. The leg is VERY hot as in you can feel the heat before you touch it. The bottoms of her feet seem fine, also the heat is everywhere in the leg and foot, even the webbing.

    What could have caused this so suddenly?

    Eta: I just went to see her again and she was laying an egg, she got up and started walking, still with a very bad limp but she was walking! I think the pond helped to soothe it abit, I am wondering if it is just where she's pulled her leg or something and it is just inflammed
     
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Could have had the egg laying on the nerves too sometimes that can happen then after they lay things get back to normal.

    How is she this morning.
     
  3. Mccluckers

    Mccluckers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The same as my eta. sh has played her egg as is still limping,and with a hot leg.

    could it just be inflamed or something from falling over or rough mating?
     
  4. Miss Lydia

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    Could be but look at her leg really close from top to bottom to make sure there isn't a scratch or cut you may have over looked. Sounds like an infection or sprain

    Drakes can injure ducks with rough breeding but that may not be the cause. If you have any Epsom salt you might try soaking her legs I say legs because it's easier to do both than have them straddle a bucket. 1 cup of Epsom salt to 1 gal of nice warm water mix well and place her feet first into bucket hold onto her. let her soak at least 5-10min longer if she'll let you. and keep her from running around or keep the drake from mating with her till she is able to walk normal.

    Epsom salt is also a laxative so don't let her drink the water.
     
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  5. Mccluckers

    Mccluckers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i had a really good look and there isn't any cuts or anything,how do i stop the drake from mating with her? she isn't running around she just kinda walks between the pool the food and her favourite snoozing place! all within 5 meters of each other.
     
  6. Miss Lydia

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    Only way I know is to either put him or her in their own space for a while so she can have time to recover.
     
  7. Mccluckers

    Mccluckers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I will keep you up to date with her progress.
     
  8. Miss Lydia

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    If you can maybe consider getting a couple more females so this one isn't used so much by the drake.
     
  9. Mccluckers

    Mccluckers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 5 ducklings in the brooder at the moment so i am hoping there will be only one drake. we'll see though
     
  10. Miss Lydia

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    You do? why have we not seen pics? what breed?
     

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