Muscovy Injured and Not Eating

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kristylee06, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. kristylee06

    kristylee06 Hatching

    Oct 16, 2014
    I have a 2 year old Muscovy Drake who i found sitting outside his pen three days ago, unable to walk.
    I brought him inside into a box straight away, checked him out but couldn't see any obvious breaks or injury. He could bare weight on his left leg but nothing at all on right. Fell straight down as soon as he went to take a step.
    None of my other drakes had ruffled feathers (checked them thinking a possible fight) so the cause is still unknown.
    I didnt expect him to eat straight away due to the stress of it all but its day 3 now and he's still off his food (id guess a handfull of feed in the time he's been inside). Still pooping & drinking though. Ive had him in the bath today to check the leg out a bit better, ive got movement on the right leg now (swimming, extending it back & forward) but he cant flatten it out (like when standing on it) and still doesnt seem to be able to hold his own weight. left leg is all good.
    I dont really know where to go from here, im happy for him to be inside and to continue with the water therapy but im really concerned about him being off his food. And off course the inability to walk. Should he be able to bear weight on the leg by now, would i know for sure by looking if it were broken?
    Any advice much appreciated =)
  2. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    Is their any swelling or heat to the leg? leg injuries are not unusual in ducks especially scovies due to their roosting desire. Has he ripped a nail off? any sign of infection.

    I would probably look at some vitamins and electrolytes. I would see if you can get him to eat a wetted down food. just watch for choking.

    I would also suggest to you post this in the duck forum. I keep Muscovy myself but that is the best i have for advice, generally my ducks are good, the odd leg or nail hurt but otherwise hardy. All other flock members okay??

    Have you checked for external parasites?

    anyways duck forum..
  3. kristylee06

    kristylee06 Hatching

    Oct 16, 2014
    Hi there, my boy died yesterday.
    He had been ran over by the neigbour and had internal injuries.
    Thanks for the duck forum link, i've been on BYC many times but first time as a member, was a bit confused as to where to post.
  4. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Songster

    Jul 26, 2014
    Oh my, I'm so sorry about your boy. :(

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