URGENT! Broken leg? New duckling

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by NineChickens, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. NineChickens

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    My cayuga just hatched some babies 2 days ago. I found one of her ducklings only using one leg. She seems to act like all the other ducklings, just as lively,
    but she wont use one of her legs. Is it a birth defect or is it broken? It's very wobbly and can bend in directions I dont think it should.
    It doesnt look swollen or anything.


    What should I do? Should I leave it and let it heal naturally? Will she be able to live life pain free or will she need to be put down? 20190616_131729.jpg 20190616_131735.jpg 20190616_132033.jpg 20190616_132016.jpg
    Also, shes only crying because shes away from the flock, she doesnt cry when shes with them. 20190616_131729.jpg 20190616_131735.jpg
     
  2. NineChickens

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    Here's a video of her.
     
  3. RhodeIslandRed5

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    Aww, poor baby. Try giving him Vitamin B to help strengthen that leg.
     
  4. NineChickens

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    What can I give that has vitamin B? I have nutri Drench but it only has vitamin A and D
     
  5. RhodeIslandRed5

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    Afraid I don't have a photo- but bottle of Spring Valley Vitamin B tablets. Crush it and place it in his water. @Eggcessive should have a photo of the bottle. Hey, @Eggcessive you out there?
     
  6. NineChickens

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    Would I be able to put her back with mama? She was able to get around fine enough with them. Shes so lonely.
     
  7. RhodeIslandRed5

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    I'd be a little worried he/she might get accidently stepped on by his mother. Can you just put another little ducky with him?
     
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  8. NineChickens

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    I'd like to keep as much babies as possible with the mama
     
  9. RhodeIslandRed5

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    Do what you think is best then. But keep a super close eye on him to make sure he doesn't get stepped on. Poor little guy. :hugs
     
  10. Eggcessive

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    I will tag @Miss Lydia, and you may also get advice on the duck forum. B complex 1/4 ground onto some food would be good. Actually Poultry NutriDrench has B vitamins as well, but does not have riboflavin or B2. B3 or niacin is more important in ducks though. I am not sure if splinting would help if it is broken or sprain.
     
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