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#1 Sayge

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:51 PM

Our male Pekin duck Ping had an encounter with a hawk today. They hawk grabbed him, didn't get very high up, and dropped him. Probably a 6-10 ft drop. We believe it broke his leg. Now, I know the first thought is OMG get him to the vet. However, he is not a pet, he is a pond duck. His sole purpose is to swim in the pond and eat bugs. Not going to spend a load of money on a $10 dollar duck (harsh, I know. Sorry). Is there any way we can splint or set his leg ourselves? If I can save him I will. If not, well, he will land on the dinner table. Thanks for any and all advice (good and bad).

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:32 PM

When i was younger I used wet cardboard and a tongue depressor to splint the leg of a duck, we kept him in a small kennel for about a week, and then just replaced his splint.. wetting the cardboard in water and then egg white allowed it to dry pretty hard.. as long as it stayed dry it was pretty ok.. otherwise you can buy the plaster of Paris cloths and try those.. you can go so far as to get yourself a small cast kit, and then cast it.. you will have to remove it in the long run, but it is the better one.. the others are great short term. and if need can eventually fall off on their own, not all casting kits will wear out.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:51 PM

I was reading up on splinting it. The pictures I found weren't very helpful but the description was good. Do you think vet wrap would work in place of the plaster cloths?

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:08 AM

The BO at my barn had a rooster with a badly broken leg just before Christmas. She "splinted" it with a cardboard toilet paper roll and some vet wrap. Kept him confined to her bathtub for a couple weeks then moved him out to a 10x10 stall. It's taken a few months, but the rooster is now able to walk quite well, though he does have a bit of a limp since the leg was broken so badly. He seems quite content though! Good luck with your duck!
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:26 AM

Thanks ohNine. I was inspecting him today and I can't find any difference in the good and bad leg. I believe it is his foot. Seems to be bent more than it should be. Not sure if I would be able to spint a foot. Was kind of thinking of rigging a sling in the dog crate and putting him in it. DH says he will check it out when he comes home from work. Right now we have him put up in a stall in a nesting box. Lots of soft hay, fresh water, and some feed. It's like a little duck hotel complete with room service and breakfast in bed lol.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:04 AM

I had a chicken with a broken foot once. I got some wire from dads shop that was flattish and made a sort of walking brace. It went from the tips of his toes to his hock area. The leg part was just one wire then at the foot is split and make three straight pieces. I wrapped it with some gauze to make it softer and them secured each toe and the leg to it with vet wrap. After he wore it for a few weeks he seemed ok.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:01 PM

Eat him. :flirt:



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Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:24 PM

Lmao Pona! I am tempted. He shat on me. Here I was trying to help him and he took a big ol' dump on me. Blech :sick:.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 11:16 PM

I agree with Epona--Pekin duck is very tasty11

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 12:01 AM

For a couple days we didn't know if he was going to be ok leg wise. He is actually getting better. We still have him locked up. Not sure if he will ever walk properly, but he will walk. He has actually gotten to be quite the lap duck. I guess I will let him hang around for a while more.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 12:17 AM

I wondered how he was doing. Glad to hear it's going well.



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Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:19 AM

He is good! We think it must have just been a sprain or sore because he is practically back to normal. The small hole that was in his back is completely healed. He still has some bruising but that is quickly fading.

We still have him put up in a spare stall and will keep him there for this week. His duck buddies will be joining him today since we will be setting some traps around the pond. He should be happy about that. I guess I should get some pictures of the lucky duck.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:18 PM

The problem causer...

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:31 AM

I think ducks are so fun to have around and fun to watch, but they are so prone to predators, I gave up on having them.
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:04 AM

They do seem pretty prone to predators. So are our chickens. Seems like I am constantly losing birds. Then I feel horrible.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:33 PM

Glad to hear he's doing better, and hope he makes as good of a recovery as possible.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:24 PM

N4L- he is actually ready to go back to the pond now. He has been runnnig around his stall. He has a slight limp but it doesn't hinder him. Currently though he is hemmed up with the rest of my ducks because we have some traps set around our pond. Gonna try to get whatever keeps getting my birds. They can go back out in a week or so though.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:37 PM

I heard if you get a bunch of geese and a swan or 2...that they are uber awesome guard dogs ad the killings will stop. :confused0024:
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:50 PM

Well we are looking for some geese. I have never heard that before though. I know geese tend to have a mafia like mentality when you get more than 1.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:55 AM

I know a lady who has ducks and geese and the geese Chase her horses. Well all of them but one because that horse kicked a goose once, so they are scared of her now. Geese are force to be reckoned with.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:15 AM

I used to have a Toulouse goose that would chase our horses away from their grain. We actually had 2 of them. One was pretty sweet though. The other not so much. I want some of those white chinese geese this time around.



So, update on poor Ping.

We let him back out with his duck buddies. They went down to the pond to roost for the night. Next morning when I went to let everyone out and feed I couldn't find him. So I started the trek of walking the pasture. Found a whole bunch of white duck feathers in the back corner. Makes me feel horrible because I made the decision to let him back out. I really should have kept him hemmed in that barn I guess :(.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:17 PM

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:34 PM

RIP Ping!

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:49 PM

Poor poor ping.... :(

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