How to clean an inured duck that cant get wet.

Ginny13

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Hi all! I have a beautiful muscovy that adopted my chicken flock. About three weeks ago something tried to snatch her and it broke her leg. It was pretty bad and I thought the vet would just say to put her down. They surprised me when they said they would be willing to try an experimental surgery on her and insert external pins (and they didnt charge me for it!) Well she made it through the surgery, and is doing well! The doctors think she will make a full recovey as long as infection doesnt set in. I have to keep her as still as possible as the leg heals, before they take the pins out. There is risk of infection so I have to keep her dry. She's feeling better but is getting tired of being confined and I am trying to make her as happy as I can. Although I keep her pen as clean as I can, her feathers are getting a bit dirty and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to clean her up with out giving her a full bath.
 

Abriana

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Wow! So glad she is doing well!
You can take a warm wet washcloth and gently wipe her feathers.
I hope she recovers soon! Plz keep us updated!
 

Ginny13

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Wow! So glad she is doing well!
You can take a warm wet washcloth and gently wipe her feathers.
I hope she recovers soon! Plz keep us updated!


Thank you! Kind of "spot clean" her? :) I did try that on her head and it made her feathers a little matted down. Maybe I should take a bit more time doing it.
 

Abriana

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Thank you! Kind of "spot clean" her? :) I did try that on her head and it made her feathers a little matted down. Maybe I should take a bit more time doing it.
Yes, lol, spot clean! *this duck is spot clean only*
It’s ok, she’ll preen them back into place. And even if she doesn’t, when she molts it’ll be ok again.
 

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What a precious duck and your pretty special too for helping her out. Kuddos to the vet who did the surgery for nothing too,

Are you going to keep her after she recovers?

As for grooming her spot clean sound best especially if she is finding it hard to preen right now. She'll soon be able to get her a good bath.

Please keep us updated on her progress.
 

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