Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sayemherring, May 16, 2016.

  1. sayemherring

    sayemherring Hatching

    May 16, 2016
    Hi there!

    We live in a neighborhood on a pond that has wild ducks. I noticed one limping a few days ago. It doesn't seem like anything is broken. He'll hold it up and in towards his body as much as he can or have it sticking out but tries not to put any pressure on it. Then falls down and stays there eating. I can't see any cuts on his leg. I watched him yesterday evening using binoculars. The part of his foot that meets the leg looked a little swollen but wasn't black or discolored. He seems to be able to swim fine and has left numerous of times and come back. I've been reading a lot on here as to what it could be. Thinking possible bumble foot or a sprain. I'm going to get some brewers yeast this afternoon. We feed them cracked corn so I was going to soak a little in the yeast before giving it to him this evening. He'll let us get close enough to feed but not catch. Is there anything else I can try besides the yeast that doesn't involve catching him to give this little guy a better chance of recovery?

    Thanks so much!

  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I would say something with much more nutrients than cracked corn.

    Even though it is pricey, maybe you can offer something like Mazuri Waterfowl Breeder - at least while he's ailing.

    And mealworms, perhaps.

    If he'll eat out of a bowl, you could moisten some watefowl feed and sprinkle a tablespoon of oregano on it (this is just a very unscientific idea based on reports that poultry farmers have begun using oregano as a natural antimicrobial to reduce their need for antibiotics).

    If he's a dumped domestic you might be able to rescue him....
  3. sayemherring

    sayemherring Hatching

    May 16, 2016
    I asked the guys at our local feed store yesterday of something better to feed them and they weren't very helpful. I'll look into your suggestion and see if I can't find some.

    Meal worms I can get! Are super worms good too?

    He won't eat or drink out of a bowl, I've tried and even left some out there for him. But I can try again. I've heard of using oregano for human antibiotics so it makes sense! Maybe I can moisten the feed and sprinkle some on there today before I feed him.

    He's definitely not dumped :( I have tried my hardest to get closer to him and he's beginning to not even let me do that so I'm keeping my distance in hopes that he stays and eats.

    Thank you so much, I really appreciate it!

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