I found an injured duck two days ago

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One wing hangs down and drags on the ground. The other wing–well, there is very little left, just a few feathers. The duck seems very happy. He eats, drinks, and we gave him a little pool which he loves. We duct taped the wing that was hanging, and now it doesn’t drag as much. We called many vets from the phone book, but each one wanted $100 to start with for x-rays plus surgery. Can you give me some advice. We don’t want to euthanize the duck–we sort of like him.

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Asked on July 15, 2015 7:32 pm
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Certainly the best thing to do is have the duck examined and x-rayed. Short of that, if the wing is not too badly damaged keeping it taped to the body for four weeks would allow healing. The duck will likely be unable to fly given the extent of injuries. As long as the duck is eating and drinking and you provide a safe environment for it to live it may survive.

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Posted by Dr. Gaylord Brown
Answered on July 15, 2015 7:33 pm