Is my duck in pain??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DuckNoobie, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. DuckNoobie

    DuckNoobie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone,
    How to tell if my duck is in pain? My call duck may have sprained her leg, her leg is sliding out from underneath her when she stands. Is this what happens when they hurt their leg? She mostly sits now. She's also usually very vocal, making all kinds of noises when I talk to her, but now she's completely silent. Is this how to tell if they're in pain??? She sits in her cage, isolated. Drinks water fine, don't think she ate.
    Please help!
     
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Hold on I will notify some great helpers.....

    @Miss Lydia
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

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    @Amiga
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Sounds like she may have a serious leg injury. Ducks can recover from serious injuries, with the right help.

    A good duck vet is best and not always possible.

    Can you tell us a little more? What happened?

    I need to turn in soon, but what I would do is make an Epsom salt compress (Epsom salt plus warm water - not hot - on a clean cloth), wrap the leg in that for several minutes - this means holding the duck. If she is too skittery and flails around, then just put her into a tub of lukewarm water - no Epsom salt because it is a laxative and she may drink it. But it will take pressure off of the leg.

    Hard to know from your description if you are dealing with a pull, a break, a slipped tendon, or what.

    But she may be in some pain. Vets can prescribe something like Rimadyl or Metacam and at the proper dosage for such a little duck.

    If you have any T Relief ointment I would put a lentil-sized dab of that on her leg and rub it in.

    Please keep us posted, and thanks chickens really for the heads up.
     
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  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    :hugs
     
  6. DuckNoobie

    DuckNoobie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay new developments, my call duck laid her first egg. I guess it was pushing up against her leg and that's why she was off on it. It is a pretty big egg with a soft shell. My call duck is still not any better and she's not eating. She's very weak and I'm worried. She is drinking tho.
     
  7. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    @RavynFallen she knows Call Ducks.....Hope she gets the call.....?



    Cheers!
     
  8. DuckNoobie

    DuckNoobie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nothing happened, that was the weird part! She lives indoors at night but goes outside during the day to play with my other ducks. Last night she came in and was completely fine, then this morning she was off. I knew this was nothing that happened outdoors, she didn't fall or get trampled. Her cage is safe and she can't get hurt in it, so I was really really confused why her leg was useless this morning..... But now I see that it was an egg that was pushing up against it. I had no idea she was making an egg, never seen her breed with anyone ...I will save this Post for when a real leg injury occurs.
     
  9. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens don't need to breed to lay eggs, they will just lay eggs that aren't fertile.

    Is she still not eating at this point?
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    And @DuckNoobie when they first begin to lay they can lay soft shelled eggs just make sure she is getting a good amount of calcium so it doesn't continue .

    Let us know how she is doing please.
     

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