Khaki Campbell has a swollen joint/elbow

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Karenlong, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. Karenlong

    Karenlong Hatching

    Feb 10, 2015
    My duck Purple Bill, has had a swollen joint or what I call the elbow for almost 2 months. She is hopping around and using her tail to help balance herself. When I first noticed it I took her to the vet, he didn't believe it was broken, but x-rays would be needed to be sure. Because x-rays are so costly he suggested giving her a shot of antibiotics that release over a two week period. So thats what we did, and $147.00 was paid and we were sent home. 2 months later, she is no better but no worse either. I feel bad with the weather breaking and the snow melting all the other ducks are starting to run around again and she tries but gets tried hopping around quickly. She is eating and drinking normally and laying. The joint is still warm to touch and the swelling is soft and lumpy. I have thought about putting a split on it, lancing it, wrapping it, or should I get more antibiotics?? Not sure what to do.
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome
    Glad you could join the flock! Sorry to hear Purple Bill is not 100% :hugs I'm not a duck expert and can't say exactly what it could be but if it were my bird I would be confining the bird so the leg has chance to begin to heal. It could be a pulled tendon or ligament in the leg or even a fracture which antibiotics would not fix hence your bird has not got any better. Confining should give it more chance of healing and repairing. For more expert advice I would post in the injuries section of the forum here is the link

    I hope Purple Bill is feeling better soon and you can get her on the road to recovery. Wishing you the best of luck with her :fl
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2015
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your duck, hope she recovers. Yorkshire coop gave you some good suggestions. You might also try posting in the Duck forum in case it is something more duck specific.
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our "flock"

    I'm sorry to hear about Purple Bill's injured leg! [​IMG]I would post in the Emergencies section that Yorkshire Coop linked to for some more help. Best wishes to you and Purple Bill![​IMG]
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Yorkshire Coop and Kelsie have given you great links.

    So sorry for your duck![​IMG]
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry about Purple Bill. [​IMG]Hopefully, members in the Emergencies section can help!
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I wonder if some swimming in a tub of warm water would make it easier on her. Water bears her weight and even if she doesn't swim - she would be floating on warm water.
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    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    May 24, 2014
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