We have a 3 week old pekin with a limp.. just noticed it after a swim, She is not bending her last knuckle. She also has a bare spot on the back of her neck, i hope this is just the start of feathers? i have bought Vet RX,, rubbed it on that leg 2 times??
Should she rest in a seperate space,,
should i massage/exercise/strech her foot?
Should i splint? how on such a small little foot,, where,, splint so the foot bends?
We are new to ducklings,, only our second batch, so my boys are very attached to her and her 2 sisters. Please help me save her:( We have fallen in love with duck eggs:)
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hello you dont say if or what other ducks you have, at 3 weeks their feathers can look really tatty as they start to grow their real feathers but a bald spot on the neck can be caused by mateing so can a limp, is there any drakes who might be mateing with the duckling
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I would be quite surprised if anyone is mating her at 3 weeks old. You don't say if she is with mum or incubated but some of them do go through a very tatty/bald stage at that age when incubated. I used to think I wasn't looking after them well.
As for the limping it may be a strain from getting out of the water, we had that before we put better ramps in, or if the ducklings are on anything hard they can get sore feet.
Anyway, do let us know how you fare.