---->>>> What causes these leg deformities in swan.... ?

Discussion in 'Ornamental Fowl (Swans, etc.)' started by chickenzoo, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. chickenzoo

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    I have so far raised 6 Black Swan Cygnets. The first 2 I bought in Feb, and they were almost a month old. The other 4 I bought in April at a week old from a different breeder. I fed them all a layer diet that was recommended and lots of Romane lettuce. Shortly after receiving the first 2, I noticed they walked differently than my geese and their legs looked a little funny at the joints. I e-mailed the breeder and they assured me that they might look funny for awhile and perhaps I needed to use a vitamin if concerned. I chose not to add a vitamin as I was not sure if it would do more harm then good. When I brought home the other 4, I noticed their legs looked way straighter and more like my geese. I knew then I had a problem with the other 2. The breeder even stopped buy once and I showed them, they said to give it time, but now those 2 have a lot of trouble walking and the one female I have to brace her leg as she will fall down when it hurts her and has trouble getting out of the pond. I sent new pics to the breeders and they informed me that another cygnet also has problems and they are forwarding all info to their vet. So what causes this....... ? Is there anything I can give them to help?

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    Meera - I often have to wrap her leg as the tendon will not stay in place. I have now made her a leg brace as she now has more problems walking....

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    Rio - little hard to see how squatty he is, but think bow legged cowboy holding an elephant.
     
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2010
  2. laceynoelle

    laceynoelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im not sure if its the same with swans, but if turkeys dont get enough protien and vitamens, that could happen to their legs. but that shouldnt be a problem withe the layer feed. Whats the protein % on the feed?
     
  3. chickenzoo

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    They have been fed the layer that the breeders use..... Many have suggested inbreeding, since I raised 4 others from a different breeder from a week old, and all those developed fine. I was told another from the same hatch had problems also, but when I had a disagreement with the breeders, the other cygnet all of a sudden was fine. Meera the female has what seems to be a slipped tendon, she always walked with a sideways gait when a baby.Rio always had a squatty gait. She has also stayed very lite dispite her always having food near by and was wormed with Safeguard.... not a clue why. Rio, the male .. I have not a clue what is going on with his legs, he walks but it is slow andit's bothersom. The breeder did offer to swap these out for another stating that all their birds come from different places, but as these are the second waterfowl ( that I know for sure) I have had problems with from them, I do not want to risk it, plus I put a lot of money in these guys already in Lettuce alone to get them to this point and I am very very attached to them. They wanted to take them to a vet and have their vet keep them for observation,( a vet that in passing they themselves said things that made me feel the vet was more in it for money) as they said taking blood and x-rays would not be enough( I offered to meet them at their vet and let them take samples). I have a deep worry if i did turn them over, they would not survive the experience. So I am left with two very very sweet swans, that are disabled.

    Anyone experience legs like this..................
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2010
  4. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Anyone with swans out there????????????? [​IMG]
     
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  6. Boggy Bottom Bantams

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    Quote:actually that's backwards, it's an over abundance of protein in the feed that causes twisted leggs in swans, turkeys, peafowl etc. Their muscle mass out grows the strenght of the bones to supore the weight resulting in twists,
    Dont believe that to be the problem here though, CZ knows what she's doing feed wise. Pretty possitive this is genetics, otherwise the other birds she has would be showing signs as well. Kind of odd just to the birds from one breeder to all have these problems, furthure more for her friend to have the same problems from the same breeder...
     
  7. TmkG

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    Quote:actually that's backwards, it's an over abundance of protein in the feed that causes twisted leggs in swans, turkeys, peafowl etc. Their muscle mass out grows the strenght of the bones to supore the weight resulting in twists,
    Dont believe that to be the problem here though, CZ knows what she's doing feed wise. Pretty possitive this is genetics, otherwise the other birds she has would be showing signs as well. Kind of odd just to the birds from one breeder to all have these problems, furthure more for her friend to have the same problems from the same breeder...

    Hey there, i was wondering, i was given a young emu a couple of weeks ago and recently noticed that he has a bowed leg on his left side. the breeder we got him from says he occasionally has this problem, but could it also just be the feed? if so, what is the best thing to do to try and fix it.
     
  8. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    TmkG, go next door to the emu forum. More people there with emu experience. I will answer here also. I had taked with my vet on this as well. He says he and many emu breeders have come to a conclusion that many emu chicks develop leg problems due to too either humidity or temp problems while incubating.(can't remember which) I have had one chick hatch with a rolled outside toe, and it shifted it's leg. I made it a special shoe and it is now almost unnoticeable.
     

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