just hatched duckling with a twisted foot

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by happydog, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. happydog

    happydog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's like the foot is turned around backwards or it bends back at the joint. Obviously he doesn't walk very well and spends a lot of time on his back flailing around trying to turn over. Is this something that can be fixed or will straighten out on it's own? Or is it a fatal flaw and I need to humanely put him down?

    Thanks.
     
  2. perolane

    perolane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say that it needs to be humamely put down. Sorry, this is not something that gets better. [​IMG]
     
  3. happydog

    happydog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh, man. I was sure hoping that wouldn't be the answer. Poor little mite.

    Thanks for the help though.
     
  4. llaaadyel

    llaaadyel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I would wait it out a bit. I have heard and seen ducks with malformed feet that adapted pretty well and thrived. Pics would help
     
  5. happydog

    happydog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's moot now. Poor little thing didn't make it through the night. [​IMG]

    Thanks for the advise. I guess he just wasn't meant to be.
     
  6. creepinturtle

    creepinturtle Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a RIR chick that was born with a 'gimpy' foot like that and she is doing great, kinda funny when she tries to scratch her head and she rolls on her back peeping like a mad hen ... lol
     

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