what's wrong with my duck foot ):

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by karlalaw, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. karlalaw

    karlalaw In the Brooder

    Dec 7, 2013
    Hi! from yesterday my duck started to limping, (there's no signs of bumblefoot) so I just came from the vet,and he told me it could be rickets (Vitamin D deficiency or phosphorus/calcium), I Am very worried about it, if anyone has gone through a similar situation please tell me what did you do or some tips to make him feel better.
    (this video is from yesterday )

    sorry about my english, I am trying my best :c
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Your English is excellent!

    It happens regularly that ducks are at least a little low on Vitamin D. I have a dry cat food with extra vitamin D in it that I give as treats sometimes to my ducks especially in winter and when they are laying.

    I also give extra calcium - crushed oyster shells and there is something we can buy here called calcium gluconate 23% solution. It is a liquid and I add 2 teaspoons to a cup of water and mix that in the food. Because I have a dozen ducks, I end up using several tablespoons of calcium gluconate most days.

    Some people crush cleaned egg shells and give them to their ducks. There is layer feed with extra calcium, but I don't think they always have enough for ducks - their eggs are so thick-shelled.

    I hope this helps. Please let us know any other questions or concerns, or tell us about your duck.
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