Month old Anconas look like they limp!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by pnp4kidz, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. pnp4kidz

    pnp4kidz Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm new to ducks... But having fun with these I hatched. They are a month old now and are huge!!! They are out to play, and seems like their feet hurt... I'm worried!
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

    70,103
    5,892
    701
    Oct 3, 2009
    Western N.C.
    Have you looked at the bottom of their feet checking for bruises or bumble foot? or could they maybe have a niacin dif. which can cause lameness and can be fixed by adding niacin to their diet in the form of plain niacin or brewers yeast. What are you feeding?
     
    1 person likes this.
  3. pnp4kidz

    pnp4kidz Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have the game bird chick feed, it was the only non medicated. And it has high protein. I'll get yeast tomorrow. Their feet look fine! Ugh. Poor things! I don't want to do anything wrong!!!
     
  4. Ducks-love-me

    Ducks-love-me Chillin' With My Peeps

    112
    2
    73
    Nov 30, 2013
    If grown upas babies with a wire mesh that can severely hurt their feet. Soo if u didn't do that idk what is wrong! :welcome
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

    22,983
    1,958
    471
    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    When anything is not right with my ducks, I bring them in to a lukewarm tub of water. Gets the weight off their feet, and lets me look very closely at them to see how they move, if anything doesn't look or smell right, it is good for their circulation, too.
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

    70,103
    5,892
    701
    Oct 3, 2009
    Western N.C.
    Can you check around to see if you can get an all flock feed for them, at 4 weeks they can move up from chick feed. and maybe cut the protein a bit by using whole oats or reg oatmeal. 90/10. and be sure to get Brewers yeast not baking yeast. Love to see some pics when you get time. [​IMG]
     
  7. Ducks-love-me

    Ducks-love-me Chillin' With My Peeps

    112
    2
    73
    Nov 30, 2013
    If there is any cuts it can cause bramble foot so watch out!! Concrete is bad for their feet also. Here is a great link. it will tell you about bramble foot, bacterial diseases, why your duck might be limping, and how to fix it so they don't get depressed. :welcome




    http://www.ehow.com/info_10016660_causes-duck-limp.html
     
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2013
    1 person likes this.
  8. pnp4kidz

    pnp4kidz Chillin' With My Peeps

    They are on a textured plastic tray with papers down for absorbency. I don't see any cuts. I'm letting them into the living room playpen to "swim" once or twice a day now to soak/play/bathe. Mostly they bathe. It's about a duck sized bowl they take turns sitting/standing in. I'll look for the flock raiser and change over slowly. I couldn't find brewers yeast at my feed store. Going to another tomorrow to look. [​IMG]
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

    70,103
    5,892
    701
    Oct 3, 2009
    Western N.C.
    They are absolutely adorable, now if you can't find BY try health food store can also be ordered on line. but you can get Plain Niacin at most drug stores but you have to ask for it most just keep the time released or flush free on the shelves you don't want either of them. just plain.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by