How can I tell if wound is infected?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by japplegirl, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. japplegirl

    japplegirl New Egg

    Feb 9, 2011
    Our duck has a wound about 1x1 just above her leg on her underside... she is about 1 year old. She was limping yesterday.. picked her up to check her out and found a deep down to muscle wound. we have brought her in and made her a small pen ... she is eating and drinking and getting around better... although she is confined to a small space at the time... the wound seems to stay moist.. and I have read to cover.. not to cover.. neosporin ... don't neosporin... I am not sure how this should be healing. There is no foul odor... But am unsure of a greenish around one edge. Could someone please tell me what to look for? I know hot and red and puss for mammals... but not sure about water fowl..

    Thanks in advance.
    1 duck, no luck
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    Heat and swelling are a sign- but ducks actually produce a more cheesy consistancy of " pus" when there is infection. It is not free flowing- and that is one reason why infections can be difficult to treat. Often debridment of the sourrounding tissue and longer than normal courses of antibiotics are nessecary to get rid of all signs of infection. Also there is sometimes signs in other ways such as there poop. A light minty green colour to the poop can also be an indication that an infection is present. Keeping the duck clean- and using an antibacterial cream or spray may help her to heal if she hasnt already got an infection.... If she has- antibiotics can be recommended by a vet or wildlief carer.

    Good luck with your duck- she sounds like she is in good caring hands.
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    the green could be bruising? from all I've read it's better to clean with watered down betadine [looks like weak tea] so the wound will dry the neo will keep it moist.
  4. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    heat, swelling, pus, odor are all symptoms of infection. Keep most wounds clean and dry. Antibiotic creams (without pain ingredient) and don't cover. Good luck

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