Your poultry questions answered
PUBLISHED: 17:58 25 April 2014 | UPDATED: 21:08 29 April 2014
Oct 17, 2012: Every month one of Britain's leading poultry vets, Victoria Roberts, answers readers' queries in Vet's Forum in Country Smallholding's Poultry magazine. Here is a typical question and answer:
put her on a seven-day course of Metacam for cats, as there was not a licensed anti-inflammatory for ducks. Is it possible that she could be suffering arthritis or rheumatism? I would be very grateful for any advice as obviously I do not want her to suffer.
Deirdre Bell, via email
VICTORIA'S ANSWER: The first thing to do when a duck is lame is to make sure that it has been wormed with Flubenvet, the licensed product. This will very often cure the lameness. Your duck may also have arthritis as you do not know how old she is and old ducks do indeed get arthritis. The medication will certainly make her feel better, but make sure she (and any others) are regularly wormed.