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new member with injured pekin duck

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by iloveducks78, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. iloveducks78

    iloveducks78 Hatching

    Feb 23, 2013
    Hi and thanks in advance to anyone who replies.... I am new at this, so bear with me. I have 3 ducks, a male rouen and a male and female pekin. I am very attached to my ducks and feel like I get little support because people don't understand why I spend so much time on "just a duck". What I need help on is my female pekin. She was attacked by a raccoon 6 weeks ago. Started out as the vet saying just a puncture wound on her knee joint, she would heal fine. It stayed swollen for a very long time, and now that the swelling is going down, it feels like her knee joint wobbles back and forth. She sometimes paddles to swim with it, and tries to put a little weight on to walk, but it's not going well. Any chance that this will heal with more time? Is there anybody with experience with this and anything I can do for this girl? She's an amazing duck and I want to give her every chance I can.

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  3. iloveducks78

    iloveducks78 Hatching

    Feb 23, 2013
    Thank you. I will post at these links![​IMG]
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    [​IMG]. I don't have much ecxperience with egg injuries so I can't help you with personal experience. However ducks are very strong creatures and have bounced back from worse injuries. I would allow her to swim more often to help her build strength in her leg again.
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Is there any way that you can separate her from the drakes while she is healing? I am concerned that their mating her may be delaying the healing.
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. Best of luck with her [​IMG]
  7. iloveducks78

    iloveducks78 Hatching

    Feb 23, 2013
    Thanks to everyone for the well wishes. I have her inside with me, because the drakes would have probably beaten her to death by now. She stays in a big rubbermaid tote with shavings and of course her food and water, and I put her in my spare bathtub a few times a day to swim. Then she gets out to preen and try to walk around a bit if she wants to. I've had her to the vet for a recheck, and she says that there is ligament/tendon damage that did not heal. What does a slipped tendon look like, and is there any way to fix it? It just feels like her knee is very wobbly to me. I'm so scared she is never going to get better.

  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Best of luck with your duck. Hope she gets better soon!
  9. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    Unfortunately if she has damage to the tendons and ligaments they are probably not going to heal much more than they have by now. Swimming would help strengthen the leg, and even with the injury she may still get by OK. However, she will be easier for predators to catch, and may have difficulty living with other ducks if they are rough with her.

    There are many people here on BYC that will understand your affection for your birds, so don't feel strange about your concerns here. Glad you joined in!
  10. thasista

    thasista Songster

    Oct 25, 2011
    My Coop
    Hi from Kentucky![​IMG]

    Sorry about your duck.

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