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Limping/dying ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Duckles, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. Duckles

    Duckles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2011
    West Mass
    I had a female mallard with a limp, she kept up okay but it lasted a couple of weeks. We figured she hurt it and kept an eye on her but these ducks are very wary of humans. Last weekend we found her dead in their coop. My husband said her leg looked fine, she wasn't bleeding, just dead and healthy looking. So I thought maybe she had had a bone infection or something?

    Now one of our fawn and white runners is limping. I don't know if it's worse or if her body shape makes it look worse, but shes having a lot of trouble keeping up with the others. She also looks perfectly healthy besides the limp. I worry she will show up dead as well or that she'll get caught by an opportunistic predator because she is weak.

    What could be causing this and how can we help her? I will catch her if need be, but I don't want to chase her down and catch her if I don't even have a plan beyond that...

    Thanks in advance!
  2. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2010
    Upstate NY
    What are you feeding them? Ducks need niacin BADLY. If you have fed them just chicken starter, it does not contain enough niacin for ducks to develop properly.

    There is info here on this forum with a list of DOs and DO NOT feed. I suggest some serious homework before you loose them all...
  3. Duckles

    Duckles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2011
    West Mass
    They're adult ducks, I feed them layer pellets and they free range.
  4. TDM

    TDM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Avian botulism causes muscle paralysis. Could your feed be getting a little moldy from the hot weather?
  5. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    You need to do some more checking, sounds like you might have a predator problem (weasel, rat, type critter)

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