Ideas on how to correct splayed leg in a call duckling?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by AliciaM, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. AliciaM

    AliciaM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Yelm Washington
    I hatched a call duckling today.. Well, actualy started a couple days ago, but finaly finished hatching today.. It was a long, touch and go ordeal.. im suprised he made it..
    But anyway.. his legs are splayed.. he scootches around on his belly..and gets into a corner and puts his feet under him...

    Im gonna give him a day or so to see what happens, but what shouuld I do if it doesnt correct itself? Ive taped ones legs together before but it kept falling over on its face.. should I tape again or maybe tape, then put him in a cup he cant get out of?

    Any ideas greatly appreciated..
  2. bt03

    bt03 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2011
    Over the rainbow...
    Post #7 has some good ideas for a sock cup. Good luck with your new baby!!!
  3. benjoycei

    benjoycei Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2011
    hold his little butt up with your finger while he walks will let him strengthen his legs
  4. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    It may just still be weak from hatching. Especially if it was a difficult hatch- I know some of my ducklings are a little weaker than others when they hatch and can take longer to find their feet.

    Taping the legs like this can help. The quicker you tape the legs the quicker it takes to fix it.


    I propped this gosling up in a tissue box with a bit cut out of the centre. I had its food and water within reach- but it needed lots of supervision to stop it trying to get out of the box. Being that a call duck will have so much smaller legs- it will be a little difficult to strap the legs together-but even holding him as much as you can with his legs tucked up can help.
  5. AliciaM

    AliciaM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Yelm Washington
    Thanks for the replies and ideas.... He/she is doing much better today... Duckyfromoz was right.. he was just realy weak from hatching...hes running around like a little demon now...

    Now to work on Pics....

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by