New ducklings born 5/27 - Injured duckling!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Goat_Walker, May 29, 2010.

  1. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Well I had 8 /30 ducklings hatch yesterday.
    Im giving the other eggs more time to hatch since they are prolly scovie cross eggs. They came from a nest that had been scattered and destroyes by my scovie drkae so i didnt expect many to hatch anyway.

    Ill have pictures up later! ( but yall know how i am with pictures.. lol )




    ANYWHO ! I have a duckling that isnt doing so well. She has a bad leg, and cant walk without falling over. Her leg/foot vibrates really fast as well.
    Will a bootie from Nettie fix this? I plan on emailing her and seeing if i can get a pair from her. The foot doesnt like to stay open so she leans on it and it curves under .
     
  2. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Had a duckling with a leg that looked deformed 3 days ago. It was kind of bend in and it could not walk on it. I also had a weak one yesterday that was shaking the leg and could not walk either. Same batch of eggs. It was a hard hatch with very thick membranes. You can help by giving it vitamin/electrolyte water with a little bit sugar in it. It did it with both ducks every couple of hours. The one with the bend in foot is fine, I can't even tell which one it was. The other one with the twitch had to say overnight in the incubator, but I applied the same supplement. It was still weak this morning without any twitches in the foot. It was also able to walk still not that stable. Today, I added food mush to the regime and she is now up and running. The duckling may not be injured but just weak in some parts. I would put it first on the healthy routine and see what happens in two day.
    Katharina
     
  3. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    Does the leg seem normal otherwise- Can you straighen it out? I thought maybe a slipped tendon could be the problem - it sometimes happens with a more difficult hatch. A duckling with a slipped tendon may not be able to extend the leg from the hock- and will hold the toes clenched up.
     
  4. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    he can extend it fine - its just leaning inward and he cant put much weight on it or he falls over. The foot seems weak and when it vibrates it is very violent.
     
  5. duckyfromoz

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    Thats a relief...At least there is some hope of recovery then.... I once used little sticky pads to keep the foot open on a duckling who couldnt seem to keep its toes spread. I got some sticky foam pads meant for human feet ( calouses and corns ) and cut them down in size a bit. They were sticky enough to keep the foot spread out- but were still able to be taken off fairly easily. After about three days the little one was walking completely noormally- I left the sticky pads on for about a week though- The duckling was fine in the end- but it always had one bent toe.
     

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