Trying to help a duck hit by a car

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sarpeacock, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. sarpeacock

    sarpeacock New Egg

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    Hi!
    I just started working on a fruit farm that has ducks. One of the ducks got hit by a car yesterday afternoon. His right foot/bottom of leg is totally crushed. The blood clotted quickly and this morning he was using his wings and left leg to make slow movements, looking for food outside. The farm didn't know what to do so I have brought the duck home to take care of it. I have it in a blocked off area in my garage so no animals get to him during the night but I need help.
    What do I do about the leg? He has always lived outside and eaten a mix of feed and what he finds around...should I keep him inside or outside any help and advice would be great
     
  2. Adalida

    Adalida Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a dog crate or something similar that you can keep him in? You want to limit his movement so he won't overdo it on his injured leg. Ducks are very social so he may get lonely. A trick I just read about yesterday, is to give a lone duck an unbreakable mirror so they can see themself and think they have a buddy.
     
  3. Adalida

    Adalida Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't dealt with an injury like that, but is he eating okay? Did the farm give you food for him?
     
  4. sarpeacock

    sarpeacock New Egg

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    I don't have a dog crate but I have used boxes and pieces of wood to keep him in a relatively small space (the size of a single bed).
    He has lots of water and food. I have some feed from the farm. It just looks like little pellets.
    I will look into the mirror tomorrow - great suggestions
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Give it a deep enough bowl of water..Ducks need water to eat food...or they choke....so water at all times....If it gets to much for you a local vet will take it and rehab the bird...Might be an option for you if it needs Vet care?......Drop it off as a car hit....They will help it...

    Cheers!
     
  6. Adalida

    Adalida Chillin' With My Peeps

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    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1036958/duck-with-broken-foot

    I was looking through threads to find one similar to your ducks situation, and this one is very close. The poster's duck had its foot crushed and several broken leg bones. Lots of good info in the replies, one of the most common things mentioned is letting the duck take a warm bath daily so it takes the pressure off the leg. Best of luck to you and your duck!
     

  7. I agree, give him a bowl of water deep enough that he can submerge his nostrils in, to clean them out.

    I'll tag some more knowledge people:

    @Miss Lydia
    @casportpony
    @sourland
    @Orca5094
    @Amiga

    Good luck!
     
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