need help my duck has a broken leg

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Brandy Basinger, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. jdywntr

    jdywntr Songster

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    Feel his leg, gently, to see if there is any movement that shouldn't be there and to check that the bones are aligned. If you are unsure, practice on another bird first, first feel along the leg and if it feels normal, gently move it at the joints, and then try to move each section of the leg toward the middle and outwards. Again, do this gently and if there is any movement that should not be happening, stop. This would indicate a break. If you think you can set it do so. Otherwise he will need to go to a vet.

    If there isn't a break, I wouldn't splint it. But he needs to be contained in a warm, dry, small area so that he can let the leg rest. Swimming will be helpful but otherwise limit activity.
     
  2. Brandy Basinger

    Brandy Basinger In the Brooder

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    i will put pictures of the leg up on Saturday because someone is using my camera so i won't get it back till Saturday.. and no there is nothing on the leg. but if the leg is broken how can the Epsom salts compresses help the leg?
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    Epsom salts reduces swelling, and the magnesium helps the animal feel better, from what I read. I have used E.s. compresses on my duck, and it has good results.

    With less swelling you can get a better idea of the condition of the bones.
     
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  4. Brandy Basinger

    Brandy Basinger In the Brooder

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    ok. well it has been 5 days now he has been this way will it still work though? i'm just being sure before i do anything to his leg
     
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  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    You need to feel comfortable with whatever you do.

    Epsom salts is a laxative so you do not want the duck to ingest any of it by mouth. That is why a compress (soak clean cloth in a water and Epsom salts solution, and wrap the cloth around the leg while you hold the duck) is the way I prefer to do it. I have used E.S. compresses with good success. If you need to do more research, do so, but the very best thing would be a vet. The forum is a way for duck owners to share their ideas and experiences, and you can take what you want to take from these ideas and experiences.
     
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  6. duck mad 2012

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    can you take your duck to the vets that is what i would do
     
  7. Brandy Basinger

    Brandy Basinger In the Brooder

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    well i check on my duck today and i guess i'm wrong he doesn't have a broken leg. i seen him limping on his hurt leg. i'm just happy it's not broken and i really want to tell everyone that has been helping me out thank you so much for your time really!
     
  8. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    That's good. Any limping is cause for concern, and a swollen leg is also. Please consider helping him with the Epsom salts compress.
     
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  9. Brandy Basinger

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    with him limping i should still use the Epsom salts compress?!
     
  10. Amiga

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    I would.
     

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