Lame right leg, 4 week duckling

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by raindrop, May 3, 2008.

  1. raindrop

    raindrop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my little hookbills can hardly walk today, just scooting his/herself along the ground. Great appetite, talkative. Was fine last night when I walked them back to the house after a day outside in their outdoor run and in the brooder before lights out. I am worried one of the relatively gargantuan Pilgrim goslings stepped on it.

    Seems the same tonight as this am. Spent the day inside in the brooder with one buddy. I don't feel any obvious break or dislocation, but it doesn't like the leg messed with.
    I have put it in its own little clear plastic small bin in the brooder, added vitamins/electrolytes to water, put food, grass and water in easy reach. I added some brewer's yeast to the food (mixture of Flock Raiser and the local mill's 17% protein food, transitioning to lower protein for all of them). I gave meloxicam (NSAID) orally at recommended waterfowl dose a little over an hour ago after I got home from work.

    Anyone think of anything else to do?
    Anyone have anything similar happen and what was the outcome?

    Thanks.
     
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    Sounds like a sore leg.

    Not sure what the meloxicam (NSAID) is, but if it is an antiinflammatory I would say it was fine. If an antibiotic, I would discontinue it.

    Everything ealse sounds just right. Good job!
     
  3. raindrop

    raindrop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's an anti-inflammatory.
    How long do you think it might take to get better?
     
  4. raindrop

    raindrop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Little duck is still the same today. Eating well, chirpy and social, just not using the leg at all.
     

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