Help... handicapped duckling?

Kayla_mason96

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Jun 2, 2020
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So I’m new here and I have used this website a lot for insight with my ducklings. I now have a really serious question that I can’t find info on. I had a duckling born with deformed legs. As far as I can tell I cannot correct them. The joint is almost fused together and it hurts her (I think) when I had tried to straighten them out. I’m prepared to adapt for her and do everything I can to give her a chance at life but I’m really looking for some help and suggestions.
Ps. She is eating and drinking. Sometimes on her own and sometimes with assistance and a dropper. She was born 6/1/2020
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Conan

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Poor little thing. Are both legs like this? It looks like perosis, or slipped tendon. It will be very difficult for her to get around.
 

Kayla_mason96

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Jun 2, 2020
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Yeah it’s both legs. I made her a little contraption with a plastic toy skateboard and velcro. I used the Velcro yo belt her onto the board. She uses her beak and wings to push herself. I named her flipper. She gets around okay with the “wheelchair” but I’m worried about quality of life. She will have to live in our house and I know that’s not ideal but I can’t imagine her having a proper life outside. Ugh I’m conflicted about what to do.
 

Conan

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Yeah it’s both legs. I made her a little contraption with a plastic toy skateboard and velcro. I used the Velcro yo belt her onto the board. She uses her beak and wings to push herself. I named her flipper. She gets around okay with the “wheelchair” but I’m worried about quality of life. She will have to live in our house and I know that’s not ideal but I can’t imagine her having a proper life outside. Ugh I’m conflicted about what to do.
It can be tough to decide what's best sometimes. :hugs

I recently had a duckling pip at the wrong end of the egg, and hatch anyways with curled toes on both feet, and perosis in one leg. I flattened the toes, so she ended up with one good leg. She went to her new home with her siblings and is still getting by, but is about 40% smaller than they are. Her new family celebrated her getting up the ramp for the first time just yesterday.
 

Kayla_mason96

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Jun 2, 2020
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I feel like I owe it to her to do the best I can to give her a life but I’m worried about the quality of life she will have. It’s just a tough decision I guess.
 

Conan

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I feel like I owe it to her to do the best I can to give her a life but I’m worried about the quality of life she will have. It’s just a tough decision I guess.
It is. I don't envy you! Personally, I think both legs being deformed will make her life very difficult, including not being able to swim at all.
 
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So I’m new here and I have used this website a lot for insight with my ducklings. I now have a really serious question that I can’t find info on. I had a duckling born with deformed legs. As far as I can tell I cannot correct them. The joint is almost fused together and it hurts her (I think) when I had tried to straighten them out. I’m prepared to adapt for her and do everything I can to give her a chance at life but I’m really looking for some help and suggestions.
Ps. She is eating and drinking. Sometimes on her own and sometimes with assistance and a dropper. She was born 6/1/2020 View attachment 2174262
First things first, I am really happy that you are so willing to find a way for her! The skateboard wheelchair is a stroke of pure genius. Please please please get a video of it! It makes my heart happy to picture it!

I know you have a hard decision to make; that really sucks. Ultimately it should come down to what works for you. If you have the desire, time, resources to help; go for it! If not, that’s ok.

Personally I would wait and see how she does. If it wasn’t working out (from health or sanity), I’d know that I gave her the best shot and could make my peace with that.

Again it’s 100% your call. I’m sure each one of us here wouldn’t hold either outcome against you. I know I won’t.:hugs
 

Kayla_mason96

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Jun 2, 2020
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Thank you for the supportive words!
She is 6 days old now and thriving! She is somewhat eating on her own but drinking isn’t going as well. I’ve tried a million times to dip her bill in the water and she doesn’t seem to want to drink. It’s not ideal or “by the book” I’m sure but I am giving her water by dropper. I’ve seen her eating her duck starter crumbles a few times but She seems thin and I’m wondering if there is some type or replacement I can give her. I’ve been mixing her crumbles with regular baby food (human baby food) and she seems to eat really good with that. I was looking for something like formula but for ducks? This is all so unusual and strange so I’ve kinda thrown out the manual and I’m winging it now.
 

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