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Duck with a limp leg
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My lovely 5 month old, pom pom headed duck Bo is in a bit of bad way. He was fine yesterday, walking perfectly normally. I let them all out this morning and didn't notice anyone lagging behind at all. Only when I was cleaning out that I saw him sitting on the ground halfway up the field by himself. On closer inspection he started to try to run away but couldn't, his leg wouldn't support him and was all floppy. After a few minutes I was able to pick him up, a sure sign he wasn't right! Nothing obvious to me on the foot, leg or up to his tummy. I hosed him off a bit so I could see better but he looks normal.



I have confined him to a dog crate within the pen and put shelter over him and he's got food and water, but what now? I checked on him after a couple of hours and he hadn't moved an inch. I approached and he tried to scurry away, but had to drag his leg behind him. Any ideas what it could be, or what to do next?
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#2
Oh dear Bo. You dont suppose he has dislocated it? I think all you can do is to make him rest it. If its a strain it will improve gradually. Poor little thing........
It never worries me when I get a little lost, all I do is change where I'm going
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#3
Not sure at all T, would he have made a fuss when I fiddled with his leg if it was dislocated? He's the most gorgeous thing to see, silver grey at the tail getting darker all the way up to his lovely charcoal grey head with a silver pom pom on top! Breaks my heart <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/sad.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Sad' />
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#4
If its dislocated it would just wobble about I would think. If he can use it at all then I would think he has strained it badly. I am sure he will get better although a dislocation would need help. Have you googled it at all, someone out there might have had a similar thing.
It never worries me when I get a little lost, all I do is change where I'm going
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#5
Don't think it's dislocated, I did have a feel and all seemed normal. Googled it and it sounds like a strain or tendonitis, in either case rest I think.



Thanks Teazel x
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#6
You will be surprised how quickly they come right, poor little thing.............i love ducks. I used to have Welsh Harlequins and Khakis
It never worries me when I get a little lost, all I do is change where I'm going
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#7
Metacam Sam, the cat version, it's a painkiller and anti-inflammatory and if it's a sprain or something like that it will make him more comfortable and you'll see a difference quite quickly. I'd try to put him somewhere a bit warmer if I were you, they use a huge amount of energy just keeping warm this time of year. Have you got any Metacam at home? It's prescription only unfortunately so if you don't keep it you'll have to grovel to the vet or actually take Bo in to be looked at. It doesn't sound as though it's an infection though, it's come on a bit quick (although having said that I usually wallop them with Baytril if I'm not sure what it is, just to cover all bases - not a scientific approach I admit, but makes me feel as though I'm doing something!). Metacam and enforced rest would be my plan, although expect him to complain bitterly at being confined.
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#8
Thanks Kate, I may have metacam now you've said what it is, but its the dog one. I'll see how he is in the morning and give you a call x
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