My ducklings leg. is there hope

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MissFerrari21, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. MissFerrari21

    MissFerrari21 New Egg

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    My little baby was hatched a couple days ago and she can't walk. It's like her feet won't come down. Someone help me figure out what's wrong
     
  2. dotporter

    dotporter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have to ask: Did it hatch under it's mum, or in an incubator? The only reason I can think of that causes curled feet is if a baby is helped out of it's shell (either the mom pecked the shell away, which they will do sometimes, or it was struggling and required human intervention to hatch). The only cure for that is to egg wrap them in a slightly damp washcloth and let them "Hatch" out of the washcloth. The action of pushing out of the egg (or washcloth) helps build the muscles and get them standing up.

    But I don't know if that is the reason the baby isn't standing.
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    It could be a B vitamin deficiency, maybe thiamine.

    I would get baby on brewer's yeast (start with a teaspoon of yeast a day, double that each week, keep it up for two months).

    You may also be able to find B Complex capsules, use the niacin (B3) amount in the capsule to determine ratio of powder to water. Add 150 mg niacin per gallon of water.
     

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