On occasions a duckling can hatch out with toes that are curled up into a fist shape. Sometimes they may straighten out on their own in the first day or so but if they don’t you can make a cardboard or pipe cleaner shoe for the duckling to wear which will help to straighten out the toes.
Cut a piece of cardboard to the size of the ducklings foot – use the uncurled foot as a guide for size and shape. The uncurl the curled foot and attach the cardboard show to the foot using pieces of elastaplast.
If using pipecleaners then the pipe cleaner needs to be bent into the shape of a three pronged foot and then attached to the ducklings foot with a bandaid or elastaplast. Cut pieces of bandaid to attach the pipecleaners to the foot.
The temporary duckling shoe can be kept on for about 8 hours. Remove the shoe and see if the foot has straightened out. If need be the shoe can be refitted to help the duckling’s foot get better and allow it to stand properly.
I was recently asked what help could be given to a newly hatched duckling with a curled foot.
Some of the duck eggs hatched and one has a foot that is curled in a claw and won’t uncurl. I am quite worried. She limps around with some difficulties. What caused this? I am very worried, if she still has this problem when she grows up she’s going to end up as predator food. How should I treat this? HELP PLEASE!
I will let you know how Jonathan got on with his duckling’s curled foot.
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