Lame Duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by rivermedic, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. rivermedic

    rivermedic Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 15, 2012
    My male Pekin duck, about 6-7 weeks old started limping the day before yesterday. I have no idea what happened to him. In the mornings I herd the flock from the barn to the pond to graze and they put themselves up at night. I noticed the limp when he was having a hard time keeping up (I help out if he gets left behind. He is able to get around under his own power (slowly). When he swims he only uses his right leg. Should I just let him be as long as he can get around? I don't know if he's in pain. When I palpate his leg I can't feel any remarkable deformities nor does he react as if it's hurting him. Is it humane to just leave him alone?

    Here's a video of him.

    Last edited: Mar 17, 2012
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    If I was you I would limit the amt. of walking he is doing. if he has a sprain it will take longer to heal if he keeps using it. But try to give him some swim time everyday in the tub or kiddie pool for therapy. You might want to put some niacin into his water also. From what i've heard on BYC Pekins can develop leg problems from being over weight and being meat ducks. But you duck doesn't look over weight. Just give him some time and hopefully it will heal.

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