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Help! Injured Duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ReleasetheQuacken, Jan 29, 2018.

  1. ReleasetheQuacken

    ReleasetheQuacken In the Brooder

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    Hello!
    I found my favorite duck with an inured foot last night when I went out to put her to bed. She won’t put any weight on it at all and her poor little toes look so lifeless hanging there. I did check for blood flow, the injured foot is the same temp as her good one, nothing visibly broken, swollen, or bleeding. My thought is that one of our cows may have stepped on her, she enjoys their company more than is wise. I’ve brought her in the house, and keeping her warm and imobile except for daily floats in the tub. Is there anything else I can do for her? I’m not sure where exactly the injury is, should I splint? How does one splint a full grown duck foot? There are no avian vets in my area so we’re on our own. Thanks so much!!
     
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    17 chickens Crazy Chicken Math

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    You should message miss lydia she is awesome with ducks!
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Did you get the Ducks foot cared for?
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    if there isn't any brake or if there is about the only thing you can do is what your doing. Leg foot injuries can take some time to heal. Rest with soaks in warm water using Epsom salt to help with any swelling or inflammation.[Don't let her drink the Epsom salt water it is also a laxative]
     
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  5. ReleasetheQuacken

    ReleasetheQuacken In the Brooder

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    Thank you! I haven’t done epsom salts, I’ll pick those up today. She laid an egg this morning which was surprising. Stress? Warmer house temps?
     
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  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Maybe she just felt relaxed and it takes 24 hrs to make an egg so it was probably already in the making when she got stepped on or what ever happened.

    You can also do Epsom salt wraps just put a soft cloth into nice warm ES water wring till it isn't dripping and wrap the leg or foot. When I have to soak a ducks leg or foot I use a plastic dish pan perfect size to get one to lay down in so they can soak and not drink the water. [You have to hold them there] Or plastic bucket but if she isn't standing on the leg that may not work with her.
     
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  7. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    All I would do is get some antiseptic spray and keep her on dry bedding..Birds heal fast...:frow
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Maybe I missed something but I don't think she said it was an open wound.
     
  9. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Then pen her a day to recover..Probably nothing to worry about in the long run..:frow
     
  10. Duck Hill

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    Perhaps a foot wrap? I would NOT do it for days, because the joints need movement, but if she's in pain it could give her an hour or two with less pain. Put a foot-shaped object under the foot and leg (spoon? rolled towel?). Then wrap with vet-wrap. She will keep her foot-leg combination extended behind her. If she fights it, forget it. But sometimes a duck will appreciate the rest if the foot is painful. They will need excercise breaks, which can be done in the water.
     
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