Spraddle Leg

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  1. Pussy Willow

    Pussy Willow Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there a time limit on treating spraddle leg?

    And what quality of life will the duck have if it is not fixed?
     
  2. AA Territories

    AA Territories New Egg

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    I have treated spraddle leg in new babies by cutting a straw to about 1/4" threading a small rubber band through it (the tiny ones you braid children's hair with). Then each leg goes in each loop. Check daily By day three they should be walking fine and you can remove the device
     
  3. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It should be fixed as soon as possible. The younger, the better. How old is your duck with the issue? Their legs are very pliable in the first week of life, but after that it gets harder to fix such issues. If not fixed, the duck might not be able to get around as an adult and quality of life will really suffer. Can you post pics of your duck's legs?
     
  4. Pussy Willow

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    My duck is 10 weeks old now and I was only able to find out about adding niacin/traditional yeast to his diet.

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  5. Pussy Willow

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  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I would give a hobble a try and continue with added niacin. And it is not traditional yeast, it is brewer's yeast or nutritional yeast. The autocorrect may have been working, but baking yeast is not good for them, it's not what helps, it can harm them.
     
  7. Pussy Willow

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    That's the one haha

    Would you be able to explain to me what a hobble is? The only information I can find alludes to it being some form of cast.
     
  8. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    A hobble is a very flexible cord with loops at each end. The loops go around the legs of the duckling, and the cord is short enough to keep the legs from splitting too far apart.

    Considerations are - the hobble needs to stay on, not cut the circulation, and be the appropriate length for proper leg width.

    If you have Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks, there is an illustration. Or you can look at poultrypedia. https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry
     

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