Appleyard Ducks

by Paul
(Mandurah.W.A)

Have had 2 appleyard ducks for a couple of years and had no problems until about a week ago when went to feed them in the morning and noticed that the drake was unable to walk,seems perfecly o.k otherwise.Went to check their water this arvo 20-12-09 and the same thing is happening to the duck.Can you help?

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Dec 24, 2009
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Xmas duck
by: Paul

Xmas duck would be nice but but my daughter will kill me

Dec 24, 2009
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Lameness in Appleyard Duck
by: Countryfarm Lifestyles

Glad to hear that the duck is on the mend. Lameness like this can come and go for no apparent reason. Hopefully, this will be the first and the last of it. With Xmas around the corner I was wondering if it was going to end up on the table with an orange sauce!

Merry Xmas!

Dec 23, 2009
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Appleyard ducks
by: Paul

Thanks for your advice but is none of those. Since i wrote last the drake has started to walk but still a bit wobbly so hopefull all goes well and they both come good.

Dec 23, 2009
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Lameness in Ducks
by: Countryfarm Lifestyles

Hi Paul

Lameness in ducks can be caused by a number of things. It could be something as simple as an injured leg, or it could be due to something more serious such as botulism.

Ducks that have access to stagnant ponds or other areas where decaying organic matter is found may eat toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulism causes a progressive paralysis of the neck, legs and wings. Affected ducks usually die in a coma within 24-48 hours.

If Botulism has been ruled out, then examine the duck for any broken or protruding bones in the leg, or feel for a swelling. If it has a broken leg, you will be amazed at how quickly they will heal. Use popsicle sticks as splints to set the leg straight with some surgical tape; it works very well.

Make sure that your duck is getting a well-balanced diet with plenty of greens and has access to water both for drinking and for swimming in. Being able to swim will also aid in the healing process.

Separate your duck from the other for a while, keeping it quiet and in a confined space. It can take several weeks for a limb to heal and I have known a duck to still be lame after 3 months.

If none of the above has been useful, always contact your local vet when in doubt.

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