Help baby duck has problems walking

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckmooommy, May 4, 2016.

  1. duckmooommy

    duckmooommy Hatching

    May 4, 2016
    My baby duckling has trouble walking ...his legs seen to give out and even if he does try walking/standing he starts to fall over and roll and stuggel a lot after awhile he can walk again

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Do an on site search on 'duckling niacin deficiency'. This is very likely what he is suffering from and is readily treated by adding Niacin sources to their diet. Good luck.
  3. LoisAnneMT

    LoisAnneMT Hatching

    Apr 19, 2016
    North Florida
    It sounds like your duckling has spraddle legs. It is caused by trying to walk on slick surfaces. If it is an older duckling, check the protein content of his feed. It may need to be reduced.

    First put paper towels, shavings or some sort of bedding down that will give him traction. Then very gently tape his legs together using a q tip (for ears) to spread them apart a bit. What is happening is the legs are coming out of the hip socket. They need to be stabilized until he grows a bit more and stronger.
    Search Spraddle leg on this site for more suggestions.

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