Runner duckling can't walk properly

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lollypop1478, May 30, 2011.

  1. lollypop1478

    lollypop1478 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I had 3 runner duck eggs to hatch in an incubator, the first 1 hatched on the due day Friday, the other 2 I helped out on Sunday morning, I know your not supposed to, but it seemed they had been there too long as they internally pipped the same time as the other 1, and I didn't want them to die in the egg (this is the first time I have hatched eggs, so this is all new to me) The one late duckling is eating and drinking fine with the others but he walks like a penguin, he shuffles around on his elbows and seems reluctant to stand on his feet, he can use his legs as I have seen him scratching his face, (is this something I have done? should I have left them alone to hatch themselves?) is there something I can do to help him or will he get stronger by himself? PLEASE HELP:/
     
  2. duckyfromoz

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    Congratulations on the new babies- but sorry to hear you have some trouble with one of them.

    Can you check to see if the legs will move into a straight position from the hock joints??
     
  3. lollypop1478

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    Hi, im trying to upload some pic but not sure how to do it??? I can straighten his legs, he doesnt seem in any pain, just seems like he is unsure how his legs work! if that makes sense?

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    he also doesnt seem to know how to splay out his toes, but he can do it as i have seem him.
    please excuse my use of words, not sure of the right terms to use.

    I have read somewhere that a little bit of swimming may help in warm water, do you think this will help?
     
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  4. duckyfromoz

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    What a little cutie!!!!Thats good that they can straighten- I was worried it may be a slipped tendon or hock dislocation. I have also seen some ducklings with hip issues - but he doesnt look like any of them. Usually by the time they are all fluffed up like that they are also getting around ok- maybe a bit wobbly. He may just need some more time to gain some strength in his legs. Have you compared how they look to the other ducklings legs?? I am still just thinking about ruling out a slipped tendon- you can see it going down the back of the hock joint. If the legs look the same as the other ducklings- it may just be a matter of waiting another day to see how he goes.
     
  5. duckyfromoz

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    Swimming may help- but with him being just so young- you can only put him in water for a few minutes at a time. Warm water as you said - and make sure you dry him off well after before putting him back into a warm brooder so he doesnt chill.
     
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    His legs look the same as the others, I think I will wait another day and see what he is like tomorrow, then maybe give him a little swim. Thanks for the advice, I will update tomorrow with his progress.[​IMG]
     
  7. lollypop1478

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    Little duck is just fine now, he obviously just needed some time to strengthen. xx
     

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