Need some help with little duckling

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by farmertank, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. farmertank

    farmertank Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't post this in the emergency section, because I don't think it is. Please move it if you feel it should be there Mods [​IMG]

    When Hershey left her rock cave with all her babies 1 got stuck in some ground vines. I'm not sure how long he has been there, but when I found him he was peeping really loud and very cold. He couldn't hold his head up. I had to cut the vines to untangle him, they were wraped around his whole body. I took him inside under a heat lamp. all last night I checked on him. he is much stonger this morining and even drank some. I pleased with his progress.

    Here is the thing... His one leg isn't working, it is warm and he can move it and his foot. It's stiff though and wants to hang out the back. It's not swollen and I'm pretty sure not broken. I'm afraid it's "spraddle leg". I have had this in a few chickens, but was never good at fixing it and had to cull them.
    Can anyone tell me what I can do if anything I would really be greatful.

    Here are a few pics.

    Notice how the one leg is straight out back.
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    Here is another with it sticking out
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    see I don't see anything wrong visually
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    Thanks
    Julie
     
  2. pirtykitty

    pirtykitty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He may of just pulled a muscle.. Don't let him run around too much.. keep him still so he doesn't over work it ... you might try letting him /her float in warm water ( not hot) a few times a day to help it heal.. Just dry off good afterwards and keep warm..
    The warm water floating helps..
     
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Make sure he is getting niacin too. The "spa" idea is good too. It may get better.
     
  4. farmertank

    farmertank Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks I will try the water. I was afraid to get him wet, because he was so cold yesterday, but he seem fine now and like you said, I'll dry him good afterwards.

    He is in a very small box with a stuffed duck. he can't move much, but the leg always ends up behind him.


    Thank you for responding,

    Julie
     
  5. farmertank

    farmertank Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Whats Niacin and where do I get it, what does it do? I have given him sugar water and he is now starting to eat, he also pooped [​IMG] so that's all working.


    Julie
     
  6. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Niacin is a b vitamin. You can get it in the form of brewer's yeast (you can get the tablets at Walmart). Sprinkle it on the bird's feed or mix it in. Sorry I don't have a dosage...I just crush some tablets and mix it in with the chick starter I give my duckling.

    You can also try Poly Vi Sol vitamin drops in the water dish. That is pretty high in niacin. You can also find that at Walmart by the bird supplies.

    Ducks need more niacin in their diet than chickens. One symptom of a niacin problem in ducks is leg issues.
     
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  7. Sweetfolly

    Sweetfolly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I had heard that Niacin was good for ducklings, but I never realized I could provide it by picking up a bottle of brewer's yeast tablets from Wal-Mart! I'm expecting ducklings from Sandhill next week, so that tip will come in handy. As a matter a fact, I already have some brewer's yeast in the house - we crush it over the dog's food in an attempt to naturally keep fleas at bay, which seems to be working.

    I have a McMurray's Jumbo Pekin duck who's 3 or 4 this spring (I got her from a 4-H family that got bored with the project), who has trouble getting around because...well, she's jumbo. She has a huge outdoor run and a pond that she barely leaves, yet her legs swell up under her enormous weight. I wonder if the brewer's yeast would help her too?
     
  8. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

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    Leafy greens are also a good source of niacin, as well as other vitamins.

    I also think it might be a strain. Rest and a little physical therapy (swimming) would probably be good. Watch him/her carefully in the water, though, s/he may tire quickly if the leg is sore.

    I hope it heals quickly.
     
  9. farmertank

    farmertank Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks all of you. I have brewers yeast, so I'll crush one and sprinkle on feed. I didn't know a new born could lack Vit. B. I never had this happen.

    I will let him swim in a few hours, I'm really busy(cooking & baking) for tonight, we are having company kind of a late Easter. I know if I swim him now I'll forget to watch what I'm cooking lol.

    Julie
     
  10. farmertank

    farmertank Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I gave him a swim and he doesn't use the leg at all, it just stick out behind him. I am now drying him off anf I'm going to band aid the leg with the other so he has to put wait on it.


    Any other suggestions?


    julie
     

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