Lame or Splayed Legs???

LuLou

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I was given two 30 hour old ducklings to try and help as had been left behind by their mother. Neither can walk with 1 who shuffled and the other has what appears to be possible splayed legs but she also has trouble holding her head up and roll to her side. She was near death when I got her and is improving already.
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Chookchicken

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I’d say most likely lame, normally with splay leg the feet face forward. It could be splay leg though, I am no genius with this stuff thats just everything I know. Good luck.
 

Isaac 0

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It's hard to tell if her feet are just lame, or she is actually is suffering from splayed legs. To test that, gently kind of pull on one leg and see if she moves it all. A splayed leg bird will generally be able to move the legs some bit. The legs stretched out like that for an extended period of time can cause some bone/ligament damage, so you may consider making a hobble for her to correct the outward splay in her legs.

https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry

The link above has some good info. I would also try offering the bird a poultry vitamin a few times a day, by gently dripping one drop along the side of her bill, giving her plenty of time to get everything down. Offering tuna, or mashed scrambled eggs would be good too. Make sure she is kept in a warm, quiet area, and on bedding that provides plenty of traction.
 

LuLou

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It's hard to tell if her feet are just lame, or she is actually is suffering from splayed legs. To test that, gently kind of pull on one leg and see if she moves it all. A splayed leg bird will generally be able to move the legs some bit. The legs stretched out like that for an extended period of time can cause some bone/ligament damage, so you may consider making a hobble for her to correct the outward splay in her legs.

https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry

The link above has some good info. I would also try offering the bird a poultry vitamin a few times a day, by gently dripping one drop along the side of her bill, giving her plenty of time to get everything down. Offering tuna, or mashed scrambled eggs would be good too. Make sure she is kept in a warm, quiet area, and on bedding that provides plenty of traction.
Thanks heaps for the info. She can move her legs when she tries to shuffle in what appears to be a sideways swimming motion. Her feet appear to be paralysed. She survived the night but went downhill a lot so ha d feeding her to get some strength up. Will make a bobble this morning. Again thanks. I appreciate the advice :)
 

Isaac 0

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Thanks heaps for the info. She can move her legs when she tries to shuffle in what appears to be a sideways swimming motion. Her feet appear to be paralysed. She survived the night but went downhill a lot so ha d feeding her to get some strength up. Will make a bobble this morning. Again thanks. I appreciate the advice :)

You're welcome, please keep us posted on how she gets along.
 

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