What is up with my duck??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by thechickenwife, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. thechickenwife

    thechickenwife Out Of The Brooder

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    So I got 2 ducks two weeks ago one is growing like a weed the other is having issues. It has a hard time walking and can barley hold its self up when in the upright position. Most of the time I find him on his/her back and have to flip it over only to fall right back over. Here is a video maybe someone can tell me whats going on here:

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  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    Your duck has spraddle leg.

    You need to hobble the legs so they stay in a normal position. You can use thick yarn or small bandaids to make a hobble.

    This should be done ASAP and left that way for a couple weeks.

    Otherwise the duckling seems healthy and active.
     
  3. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    Thanks for posting the link, Rainplace.
    My oven timer was going off as I was typing the above. I meant to come back and post further. [​IMG]
     
  5. thechickenwife

    thechickenwife Out Of The Brooder

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    That's what we were thinking but it is always all shaky. I'm going to hobble his legs and hopefully that will work out.
     
  6. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    If he is shaky, you might try sprinkling brewers yeast on his feed. It will add additional niacin which ducklings need.

    Good luck. He is a doll!
     
  7. Ducks-R-Us

    Ducks-R-Us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hes a crested so these things always happen when they're little cuz of the crest they dont have good balance
     
  8. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Many crested ducks suffer from brain damage. there is literally a hole in his skull below that crest. After seeing the tape I would only give him a 50/50 chance of becoming an adult
     
  9. ChaosTheory

    ChaosTheory Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Doesn't look like spradle, seems more like a developmental issue.
     
  10. txredneckmedic

    txredneckmedic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree...looks like the lights are all on but noones home. Doesnt appear to be spraddle.
     

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