What's on the duck foot?!

Agraham0114

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Nov 27, 2020
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We've just received 8 new ducks (Wood, Call and Ringer Teal) from a popular internet breeder. After looking them over, we noticed some cracks, growths, callus, wart like looking things on all of their feet except for one. They're walking fine, no limping. They don't seam to be in pain, no swelling, no fluid, no redness, not swollen...
I need some help identifing what it is.
Thank you in advance!
 

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Isaac 0

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It's apparent the breeder you bought them from wasn't keeping the birds in a very good environment, as those particular types of sores develop when there is a combination of excessive moisture, fecal matter, and rough bedding in their pen area.

Just the fact that they're in a better environment (clean, dry, soft bedding), that will help a tremendous amount in the healing process, but to help prevent further infection, you can soak the legs in Epsom salts every few days/ and apply an antibacterial ointment to the lesions.
 

Agraham0114

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Nov 27, 2020
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These duck feet are looking tremendously better! Thank you!!
I reached out to the breeder they said-
"that looks like caulauses to me. We have concrete ponds and sand and gravel floors in our enclosures so caulauses on birds feet are pretty common for us. It shouldn't bother the birds any and may even go away in time if they are not exposed to rough surfaces anymore. I would not recommend any type of treatment unless your birds are limping or having trouble walking etc. I also want to caution you, because there probably is something you can put on a caulaused birds foot, but these guys stress easily and do not do well with excess handling, and the extra stress from handling would probably be much more harmful to the bird and the caulauses on its foot.".... So yeah...
 

Isaac 0

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These duck feet are looking tremendously better! Thank you!!
I reached out to the breeder they said-
"that looks like caulauses to me. We have concrete ponds and sand and gravel floors in our enclosures so caulauses on birds feet are pretty common for us. It shouldn't bother the birds any and may even go away in time if they are not exposed to rough surfaces anymore. I would not recommend any type of treatment unless your birds are limping or having trouble walking etc. I also want to caution you, because there probably is something you can put on a caulaused birds foot, but these guys stress easily and do not do well with excess handling, and the extra stress from handling would probably be much more harmful to the bird and the caulauses on its foot.".... So yeah...

Glad to hear they're doing better.

Unfortunately, that is false information, and due to the subsequent flaking of the epidermis, bacteria can penetrate inside the tissue, and cause infection quite easily (known as bumblefoot). Effort should always be put on providing the most suitable environment you can, and it appears he is not reaching that goal.
 

Agraham0114

In the Brooder
Nov 27, 2020
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Glad to hear they're doing better.

Unfortunately, that is false information, and due to the subsequent flaking of the epidermis, bacteria can penetrate inside the tissue, and cause infection quite easily (known as bumblefoot). Effort should always be put on providing the most suitable environment you can, and it appears he is not reaching that goal.
I was a bit taken back by their response. I'm glad I went with my gut and treated them.
 
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I was a bit taken back by their response. I'm glad I went with my gut and treated them.
Have you had reoccurring sores pop up on their feet?
Any vet diagnosis?
Looks like avian papillomavirus to me, as that's what a vet diagnosed my ducks having. Contagious and no cure. Just treat the symptoms "warts" as they pop up.
 

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