What should I do for Pekin with injured leg???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mommyofthree, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. mommyofthree

    mommyofthree Songster

    May 18, 2010
    I have a 1 year old female pekin and I think she injured her leg somehow during the night last night, she was fine yesterday. She can still walk on it but she is slow and I can tell she is hobbling carefully, sometime sticking her wing out to catch her balance. Obviously her leg doesn't feel great, but I kind of doubt it's broken since she can get around on it still. She's been all around the yard today (my chickens and ducks free range) but is going really slow and resting a lot. Is there anything I should do for her, or should I just leave it alone and keep an eye on her?? She's a tough duck, she had a broken wing a few months ago and I fixed it and that healed great. BTW, taking her to the vet is not an option....

  2. The Duck ABC's

    The Duck ABC's Songster

    Feb 5, 2011
    I had a duck like that a short while ago. She was so sad and pulled herself on her wings. I checked her leg and it didn't seem to be broken or out of place. I basically confined her to a small pen so she would not walk around. Took her a week to get back to normal. Now she is back with the flock running around all day.
  3. Enslaved-by-Ducks

    Enslaved-by-Ducks In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2011
    Hi, Having 12 ducks, Pekins and Rouens and Kahki's, I have had my fair share with leg injuries.

    1- capture your duck and check the bottom of her foot. It will not be easy capturing her since they tend to grow up scared to death of us Humans.......

    2- If you see big wart looking sores, it's Bumble-foot. The bottom of their feet should be smooth and flat.

    3- If you find bumps, ( sores) take her in the house, soak her feet in the tub with warm water for about 15 minutes.

    4- Take your fingernail and try to pull off the scab.......(if you cannot get ahold of the edge if the plug, use a pair of tweezers) ..it's like a plug that is enbeded into the foot on top of the sore.. pull the plug out and if sucessful, you will see a small hole that may or may not have blood oozing out.

    5- Once the plug is pulled out, wash out with peroxide and dry her foot. you may apply neosporin to the wound but do not let her get in the water for about 24 hours...let the foot dry and keep her foot clean and away from mud, feces, or rough surfaces.

    6- It will take a couple of days for her to heal so keep her away from rough play with the others.

    There may be more than one sore so treat all sores the same. If you don't atleast try to clean the area affected, she may develope an infection and if antibotics aren't administered, she may die. Keep us posted....... and if you can, take a picture of the bottom of her foot and email to me [email protected]. or post it here.
    Good Luck, I hope she gets well soon.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2011
  4. mommyofthree

    mommyofthree Songster

    May 18, 2010
    Thanks for the replies, I will check her foot and if anything looks abnormal I will post pics! She isn't extremely friendly but with peas I can easily get her to eat out of my hand and grab her. [​IMG]

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