My duck was limping

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by woomertj, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. woomertj

    woomertj Hatching

    Feb 9, 2015
    my duck was limping and when i caught this is what we found. Soaked in Epsom salt and put a bandage with ointment. Anyone know what this is? Jeff
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2015
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Jeff, the image is not showing.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I don't see any photo either.
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock!sorry to hear your duck is limping. I'm not a duck expert but from your pic it looks like it could be a case of bumble foot. It's an infection in the foot that can occur from a small cut or injury to the foot. I've not had a case my self but here is an article on it

    Definatly post some pics in the emergencies section link that Mountain peeps has left for you. It may need surgery to remove it from its foot. Members there should be able to help with that or I know @TwoCrows has performed this type of thing before and should be able to help you.

    Wishing you the very best of luck with your duck and hope it makes a full recovery :fl
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Looks like bumblefoot to me. You will need to cut that out of there. Get yourself some tiny instruments like any dental pics, exacto knives or scapels, tweezers, things like this and sterilize them all in boiling water for 5 mins.

    Take some vet wrap that you have sliced into 1 1/2 inch thickness and some gauze. You will also need some neosprorin, without the pain killer and hydrogen peroxide. Towel up the bird with feet hanging out and lay in your lap on her back, head at your belly. There won't be much blood so don't worry about this sort of thing. You are going to only dig out that infected part. Much of that is dead and won't cause much pain. Dig, squeeze and keep digging til you get it all out. There is a core of pus in there that needs to come out. Like a zit, get that ball of pus out of there and the wound will heal. This can take 30 to 45 mins so be patient.

    Once you have it all cleaned out, pour on some hydrogen peroxide and wait a moment. Then pack the hole with the neosporin. Don't stick the tip of the tube inside the hole or you will contaminate the entire tube. Use your finger and pack it well. Then put a small piece of gauze over the hole and wrap with the vet wrap. Start on the leg above the foot joint and wrap downwards toward the foot. Not too tightly, but tight enough to stay on. Wrap around the webbing and around the back of the foot. Get it wrapped well enough that no dirt is going to enter. I know that it is hard to wrap a web footed bird, but do your best. Squeeze all the vet wrap on. It has a nice stick to it that will seal nicely. After about 5 mins, feel the foot. It should be warm 5 mins later. If the foot is cold, you wrapped too tightly.

    Keep this bird somewhere dry. No swimming or playing in water. Only enough water to keep the nostrils clean. Check this wound everyday for one week. If at any time it starts to look pusy, then you will need to go back in. Apply neosporin and rewrap with fresh bandages. It should have a red or dark color as it is healing. After a week or so you can check it every few days. Leave the bandage on until it is completely healed and the scab falls off. Usually about a month.

    Good luck and I hope you can get this bird back to good health soon!!
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2015
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  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.

    You've recieved some good advice already! Good luck with your duck.
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Hope your duck is OK.
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
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    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    May 24, 2014
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