Lame Pekin duck
QI have a fiveweek-old Pekin duck in good body condition and bright, but lame. Its two siblings are fine and seem to have thicker leg bones. It was all right until last week and can now only walk a few, halting steps (with encouragement) before falling forward onto outstretched wings.
I presume these ducklings are outside on grass now. Around this age is a classic time for gizzard worm to infect and attack waterfowl, so do please administer Flubenvet immediately. When rearing ducks or chickens, Flubenvet should always be in your medicine cupboard as quick action is very important, especially at the first signs of lameness. If given early (to all the flock), the duck should make a full recovery. If there is a delay of even a few days, the duck is likely to die. Flubenvet powder can be put on the feed for seven days; add a little vegetable oil to the grower pellets to stick the powder. Waiting until the infeed mix arrives may be too late and, if the medicated feed is obtained and then kept for future use, it will go out of date, not retain its nutritional values and could go mouldy which is toxic.