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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 7:19 pm 
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Hi there

My drake Big Bird has hurt his leg somehow. He's limping about the place. We put him in the pen so he wouldn't walk around as much but two of the ducks got out so him and the other duck were stuck in the pen (too big to fly!) anyway he was trying to hide it after that.
This is the second time in about 1 and a half weeks that its been hurting and it's the same leg.
He is a pet so would like to care for all my ducks as someone with a cat or dog would.
How much would a visit to the vet cost on average and x-rays? I know of one vet in Perth that looks at birds at least. If anyone knows of one that knows more about poultry in the Perth area that would be great.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 8:52 pm 
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Jana...when you say he has hurt his leg....is there a cut/sore visible on the leg? Is the foot/ankle/hock swollen and hot to the touch?
Is his wings or neck affected at all?
Is he eating and drinking normally?
What are his droppings like..colour and consistency?
For a duck to be limping it doesn't necessarily have to have hurt itself..Limping is one of the things to happen with a few different diseases/illnesses that ducks can get..
Cheers
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2006 2:36 pm 
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The leg didn't look swollen but it felt a little hotter than the other leg.
When he's standing he holds up the leg like it's too sore to stand on.
I picked him up to feel up and down the leg but he didn't get agitated.
His wings don't look affected. What do you mean?
Comparing him to the other larger female his neck looks fine.
When we give him lettuce he quacks over the girls then gets into it. I don't remember him eating his pellets lately... I'll keep an eye on that. He eats grass or at least he looks like he does.
Only saw one of his droppings. It was mixed white and greeny/yellow, a bit runny. All the ducks have been a runny since I bought some more food. It was made by a company different from the last. It reminded me of the poos they had when I fed them turkey starter (as someone suggested). But they are starting to get a bit firmer.
I hope some of this was helpful. What illnesses were you thinking of?
He still acts like himself - quacking over the girls, biting my boyf's feet, washing himself.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:54 pm 
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Hi Jana,
I live in Alfred Cove and the avian vet I see is in Applecross. He is a specialist in birds of all sorts. The practise is called Riseley Veterinary Clinic and his consults are $46. Medication can go up to $20 and if any lab tests are required they are about $10 to$20. This has been my experience to date and I must say he is good. He seems a good diagnostician and he knows LOTS about poultry. Give him a go. I think he is great and he doesn't seem to go for overkill either. All the best with Big Bird. Let us know how you go.
Cheers Elsie.
PS The number of the vets is 9364 2288 and the vet is Ray Butler.


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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 7:27 am 
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Hi, just thought I'd let you know that my local vet charges $22 for a check up/visit. Any treatment would go on top of that.

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