Owning ducks should come with a label which reads, “A duck foot injury is bound to happen. Regardless.” How could it not when webbed feet are concerned?
Ducks are prone to easily receive cuts on their feet, but a more serious issue is when bumblefoot sets in. Thankfully, both can be treated naturally without the use of over the counter medicines. And this should be the ultimate goal.
We’ve had our fair share of injuries and illness in the property. However, a duck foot injury is one which seems to always have me worrying more than any other issue. The weight of a duck’s body puts quite a bit of pressure onto their legs and feet, making recover slow. Longer than what it would take other poultry (chicken, turkey, even guinea) to recover, resulting in at times weeks longer.
How to Treat a Duck Foot Injury Naturally
Much like how we treat ourselves, our small livestock is also treated through the a strong holistic practice. The use of colloidal silver, essential oils, and herbs is used regularly on the property; as a preservative, as well as to treatment to various ailments.
A duck foot injury, such as a cut, can easily be treated holistically. Though it does takes being proactive when treating it, and, at times, it may require regular monitoring for awhile.
Colloidal Silver (CS)
Colloidal silver is known to be the strongest natural anti-bacterial available. It is often used in hospitals, on burn victims, and is easily available for purchase in many locations. Though if you plan to use CS regularly around the property, learning how to brew it at home will only cost you pennies on the dollar.
CS can be used to not only treat illness and injuries, it can be used as an overall preventative as well.
Essential oils (EO)
Many essential oils contain antiseptic and anti-bacterial qualities. An EO in its purest form, not mixed with another oil or carrier, is pretty darn strong. Strong enough to cause more harm than good when not used properly.
Using essential oils on livestock and animals requires the amount to be heavily diluted in order to not shock and harm the system. One would also need to know what EOs are safe to use on various species, not all EOs are meant to be used on livestocks (or pets) and should always be used with great caution.
We cannot stress enough how important it is to only the purest, cleanest, oil. A cheap oil can, and will, harm your pets and livestock, please keep that in mind prior to using any essential oil on your livestock, pets, or self.
Herbs such as oregano, thyme, and astragalus are excellent to help boost the immune system and fight any possible infection which may set in.
Oregano and thyme can be given fresh or infused in the waterer, just make sure to freshen the waterer every 24 hours. The dried astragalus root can be infused with honey or water and provided daily until the injured duck has fully healed.
Soaking the foot
In order to insure the cut is completely treated, soak the foot in a liquid solution consisting of 1/4 cup CS and 1 drop each of the following essential oils:
Allow the foot to soak for a minimum of 10 minutes prior to wrapping it.
Wrapping the Injured Duck Foot
In order to protect the opening from gathering any dirt or bacteria soak a gauze with the above solution and applied to the injured area.
The foot is then wrapped with an adhesive wrap in order to keep the gauze in place.
Depending on the severity of the injury the gauze should remain on for a minimum of 24 hours, making sure to change it at least twice in that time frame. If the cut is still appear raw after 24 hours, continue to soak the foot and keep it wrapped, checking it often.
A Speedy Recovery
With each case in which we have used a combination of colloidal silver and essential oils we’ve seen an amazingly shorter recovery time than if we had used something over the counter.
This particular duck foot injury showed dramatic improvement within 24 hours. Would something over the counter have show such amazing results? Maybe, maybe not. What I do know is that the items we use are all natural, and that’s what really matters to us.
Full disclosure, I am not a veterinarian. We simply believe in living a sustainable lifestyle, which includes treating ailments and injuries with the use of natural solutions. What works for us may not work for you, proceed with a treatment which you are comfortable.
A full video on how we treated the injured duck can be viewed here: