My duckling only walks with one foot

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Zesty108, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. Zesty108

    Zesty108 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 20, 2011
    Miami, Florida
    Not sure how many people can help me since this is a chicken forum, but i figured i would try. i have a baby duckling im taking care of , its probably about 2 weeks old, maybe 2 and a half. it keeps its right foot curled in, and only hops around on its left foot. i tried to open it up but im afraid of putting too much pressure, and its starting to get its feces caked in there because it doesent clean its self on that foot, only the good foot. is there something i can do? it doesent apear to be in pain, or even to notice it at all, im just worried about blood circulation, and the nails growing in on them selves.
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    This is just from reading about what folks do for baby chicks with toe deformities, but....

    I would try to straighten it out, or as close as I could get to straight, then tape it in that position. I'd probably start by trying a piece of lightweight cardboard under the foot and some regular old first aid tape on top. Hopefully after a week or two the foot will have grown at least into a more normal position. It would likely take some fiddling.

    Maybe someone with real experience will come along.

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