Duck help please

Discussion in 'Poultry Health and Nutrition' started by loonball, Mar 12, 2012.


  1. loonball

    loonball PetForums Newbie

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    Hi Everyone, my drake has an issue at the moment and I have had him to the vets and we 're both a bit stumped. He can't stand/walk/run very well although he can actually stand and bear weight on his legs, he's lying down a lot and shuffling along with his legs flat. He has no problem swimming but can get under his belly to clean properly as loses his balance. He was on a course of baytril and I'm not sure if it is helped but he has finished it now and seems worse than before. He's also on low dose metacam. Nothing is broken & there is no heat or swelling.

    He looks uncomfortable when lying down & sticks his legs out.

    Does anyone have anything that can help please....we're getting desperate for him now.

    Thank you
     
  2. AlexArt

    AlexArt PetForums Senior

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    What breed of duck is he and how old? Some of the meat breeds, like ayelsburys, pekins etc do tend to go off their legs much more easily than other lighter breeds like runners. I've had a few over the years go off their legs and to be honest not one has ever come right again or even got back walking as even if sound on one leg they soon damage the other by bearing the majority of their weight on the good leg, so now I always bump them off if they do go off their legs - unless of course it is a break or something obvious. Meat breeds are only really designed to live a short time and put on weight so often run to fat easily and their little legs just can't take it as the vast majority of farm ducks spend most of their time walking whereas they were designed to spend most of their time swimming so not really designed for prolonged farm life unfortunately.
     
  3. loonball

    loonball PetForums Newbie

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    Hi, I have an Indian runner drake, he's always been healthy & well. But these last few weeks are becoming increasingly very stressful & worrying. I have had him to my normal vet who does deal with waterfowl but is not an expert. He has not successfully diagnosed anything but tried to eliminate things via medication. The duck is always lying down with his legs outstretched and sometimes his legs having spasms. He can't clean and loses his balance. He can walk & run but not 100%. He has completed a course of Baytril and he's 2 weeks into a course of Loxicom. I have given a course of Panacur already but now 5 days into a second course. There is no visible damage to his legs & he doesn't have any heat in his joints. He sometimes has heat in his legs but I think this is body heat from lying down. Please help. I have a video of him if it helps?
     
  4. AlexArt

    AlexArt PetForums Senior

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    I think it's often kinder to put to sleep if you've been down alsorts of routes, which by the sound of it you have tried far more than most duck owners would do! Often there is no rhyme or reason and it's just that animals time - it's body has worn out and there is little you can do, it maybe the bird is inbred and just not as healthy, it could be age, could be brain damage from an injury that is not obvious or a parasite etc, it's not fair to keep them going when they can't do all the normal things and have little quality of life - especially birds who stress easily. I've had a khaki campbell who had the same problems and we gave it the golden handshake I'm afraid, I've also had pekin x ayelsburys go off their legs and met the same fate - they are not meant to live very long really. Sorry can't be of more help but you should think of doing what is best for the bird.
     
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