Limping

Duckmomica

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Hello, my Pekin duck of 18 weeks just recently started limping. There are no signs of anything wrong on her foot and she still roams and swims. Whenever she gets the chance she will pull it up so she doesn’t have to rest on it. I’m not sure what happened and I cannot afford a vet. I’m giving her a warm bath so she can take some pressure off of it. At the moment she is on layers feed, the appropriate greens, and occasionally oats. She does have options to swim and dunk her face in water.
 

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Have you inspected the leg, looking for any lesions, discoloration, warm spots, or swelling? Make sure to check underneath, on the footpad as well.
 

Duckmomica

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Have you inspected the leg, looking for any lesions, discoloration, warm spots, or swelling? Make sure to check underneath, on the footpad as well.
Here’s some pictures. My backyard has some terrain and concrete that she likes to walk on sometimes so I assumed that her foot was like that on the bottom because of that.
 

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I'm not able to see any lesions, or sores indicating bumblefoot or some type of degenerative dermal disorder, so I would be inclined to think she injured the foot somehow. That can happen a lot with heavyweight breeds like Pekins. Sometimes they'll trip over objects, get their foot stuck in something, or injured during mating.

Generally, these problems just need time to resolve, but to induce healing, you can limit the duck's activity, to ensure she doesn't injure it further. Keep her pen padded, and soaking her foot in Epsom salts may help. Administering B vitamins and omega 3's may help provide some nutritional benefit to her, that might help her legs. A sense of pain is still good to have as that prevents the bird from reinjuring the leg, but if you want, to help reduce some swelling, you could dissolve one 325mg aspirin tablet, into 250ml of water, and offer it as a drinking source for a few days.
 

Duckmomica

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I'm not able to see any lesions, or sores indicating bumblefoot or some type of degenerative dermal disorder, so I would be inclined to think she injured the foot somehow. That can happen a lot with heavyweight breeds like Pekins. Sometimes they'll trip over objects, get their foot stuck in something, or injured during mating.

Generally, these problems just need time to resolve, but to induce healing, you can limit the duck's activity, to ensure she doesn't injure it further. Keep her pen padded, and soaking her foot in Epsom salts may help. Administering B vitamins and omega 3's may help provide some nutritional benefit to her, that might help her legs. A sense of pain is still good to have as that prevents the bird from reinjuring the leg, but if you want, to help reduce some swelling, you could dissolve one 325mg aspirin tablet, into 250ml of water, and offer it as a drinking source for a few days.
Thank you so much. I think my other duck might have bumblefoot because I just checked both and I think I caught it. I’m nit sure though I’m still new to owning ducks
 

Duckmomica

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It’s a bit difficult to get a picture from her because she’s stubborn but I will post one soon when I get some help from my friend!
Her feet are a bit dirty but here’s some pictures
 

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Isaac 0

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There is some very minor Bumblefoot going on there. To prevent it from becoming more of a problem, I would try soaking her feet in Epsom salts, or water with an added antiseptic for a few days to loosen up the area, as well as disinfect, then try to peel that little scab off in the middle with a pair of tweezers and squeeze any puss out/if present. Depending on how it looks aftewards, the area may need to have gauze wrapped around, and bandaged for a few days until the sore heals.
 

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