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

    Babbette3741 Hatching

    Apr 2, 2012
    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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