Need splint instructions please

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LilBrat, May 30, 2010.

  1. LilBrat

    LilBrat Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 25 ducks that were hatched around Easter. Hubby rescued them from our Tractor Supply store where they were all looking pretty pitiful without brooder lamps and not nearly enough water.
    They've gone from a small brooder area to a decent size safe house for at night and have a good size run for daytime.

    One of them has a limping problem. I had hoped it was just a little sprain and isolating him/her from the flock for a time would resolve the problem but the limp isn't getting any better. That and isolation makes her miserable - at least that's how she looks to me when she's in ducky jail.

    It appears that he/she just cannot keep his/her toes spread out to walk and as a result the foot curls back under him/her and he/she hops and uses that foot for balance. Also, she's really not using that foot much to paddle around the pool.

    I attempted to splint the foot and in short order the duck managed to get the splint off and tried to eat it.

    I stood him/her (lets just go with one gender and call the duck a girl since I have no clue how to tell one way or the other) on the good foot - traced it as best I could and using that as a template cut out two pieces of cardboard - covered both with gorilla tape so they would be water and dirt repellent and attempted to tape both around the foot without getting tape on her foot. I did leave toenails exposed.

    She did a little better standing but still tended to drag the foot behind and it flipped to upside down with the splint on.

    I did feel around her legs to see if there were any differences or if any touching caused distress and it seems that the bum leg has a warm (not hot) spot right above her foot. So.. assuming this is a problem - I constructed another splint like form, this time with the corner of a box tall enough to cover this joint on her leg - again covered it with gorilla tape and thought I securely got this splint on her foot and leg. (without getting any feathers stuck on the tape) Getting her toes spread out was a challenge while both holding her and getting the top part of the splint around her leg.

    I think she's a reincarnation of Houdini because within half an hour she got out of that one too. She gets around the pen hopping - slowly - and isn't getting picked on. She enjoys pool time and gets a lot of "free rides" from one side of the pen to the other so she's near the crowd. She's eating, drinking and pooping like everybody else.

    Anyone have any suggestions on how to get a splint constructed and on her so it will stay on?
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

  3. LilBrat

    LilBrat Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks.. off to read now. Would have responded quicker but I was outside being the duck chauffeur - well and spectator - I just love watching them play
     
  4. LilBrat

    LilBrat Out Of The Brooder

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    etd - double post.. dunno why
     
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  5. LilBrat

    LilBrat Out Of The Brooder

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    ok.. several tries later and one very tired of me duck and she's still not splinted. I can get her leg splinted just fine but every time I get the bandages around her foot, her toes go back to the closed together position. I don't want to put tape directly on her foot - I'm afraid that the adhesive would be irritating. When I stand her up on the foot - it spreads out just fine but picking her up it just closes back up. I saw some posts about duck shoes. Might anyone know if these would hold the feetie webbing out where it belongs?
     
  6. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about using a good medical tape. A tape that is used on people with sensitive skin? After being in the water eventually it should come off easily. Hopefully after a couple of days. Just a though. Looks like you might have to do a little bit of foot theorapy with the duck. Maybe the muscles just aren't strong enough. Have you googled the problem. I'm curious to know what is wrong.
     
  7. LilBrat

    LilBrat Out Of The Brooder

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    google sends me here [​IMG]
     
  8. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    I had a duckling who hatched with clenched up feet. I used stick pads for human corns/ callouses to correct it. They were like thin foam- but sticky on one side. I had to cut them down to size a bit to fit though.
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    Maybe you could find something similar but bigger. The adhesive didnt worry the feet of this little one- and it didnt need them on long to correct the feet- just a few days.
     
  9. LilBrat

    LilBrat Out Of The Brooder

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    what an AWESOME idea! [​IMG] I could put a few of them together on gorilla tape (my alternative to duct tape) sticky side up to for her foot and still wrap gauze and vet wrap around that. Nice! It's 20 miles round trip to town and hubby has an appointment today - hmmmm extra stop for corn pads - I wonder if that would be like sending him for "girl products" LOL
     

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