My male mallard is only using one of his legs?


9 Years
Oct 3, 2010
I have 10 ducks, most of which are mallards. I got "Johnny" from a man that "raised" ducks. Unfortunately Johnny's left wing is clipped so he can't fly. The other nine ducks I raised myself. For some reason it's October and my females are sitting on their nests full of eggs. They have been mating recently and I don't know if Johnny was being chased, being too rough or what, but he is only using his left leg in and out of the water. Should I be concerned? It doesn't LOOK broken, but I'm definitely not an expert. Do you think it will heal on it's own?

I am grateful for any advice at all, please help!



12 Years
Feb 3, 2007
Hi there,
I have found that when ducks have a soft tissue injury to one or both of their legs, it is best to isolate them ( in a large dog crate perhaps ) bed them down on straw and limit their movement. I give them hydrotherapy (fancy word for letting them swim in the bathtub) in warm water a couple of times a day also. It can take a couple of weeks before they are totally back to normal (often after a hard landing but I see this is not the case). My vet provides me with some homeopathy.....never sure if it is that that works but t least it doesn't hurt. If you can get some Metacam (meloxicam.....anti-inflammatory for dogs and cats) from your vet too, they can have it once a day for about 5 days. Because they are clumsy and dislike the crate to begin with, you have to keep a close eye on their water that they haven't dumped it or loaded it with straw. If they go off their food, make a "soup" with warm water and duck chow. Mallards especially, because they are dabblers, take to this quite well. Good luck

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