How can I tell if my duckling sprained her leg or if it is worse?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Babbette3741, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. Babbette3741

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    Hello everybody,
    Well on the 19th of March my four wonderful baby Welsh Harlequin ducklings were hatched at Purely Poultry Hatchery, I received them with no problem a few days later. They have been active and fine. Well on this past Sunday I awoke to find one of the ducklings, I believe a female, to have injured her leg. She refuses to walk on it, she just hops around on one leg with the injured one curled under her body. I felt along the leg that is injured and she doesn't react to any touching of any part like it hurts. I also feel no breaks, so I don't know what she did. They are on wood shavings in a box about three feet by two feet. They have a heat lamp too. There isn't anything in the pen that she could snag her leg on, so my only thought was one of the other ducklings trampled her. I am fairly new to raising ducks, the last group I raised had no injuries. This morning when I went to check on her she had her toes curled into a fist and when you pick her up, the injured leg just sort of droops down like she has no control over it. I don't know if I should put a splint on her, and I don't know how to do that. How can I tell if she broke it, sprained it, or dislocated it? The others are all fine. She is able to hop around to food and water. If I did splint it, would I splint her leg straight out or bent? Would it be beneficial to place her in water and try to get her to swim? (I read about water therapy online) I just want her to be able to use this leg again. I want to take her to the vet, but my parents don't think it's needed right now and we can't afford it, I can't drive btw. I have 2 girls and 2 boys. If you need more info, let me know. I'm sorry but I can't post pictures right now, I know they would help, but I can't.
     

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