Duck Foot Injury | How to Treat it Natually (with Video)
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Naturally treat a Duck foot Injuries (with Video)

Duck foot injury. This is bound to happen when raising ducks. More times than not, it is going to happen more than once. Learn how to treat injuries naturally with a few basic items.

Duck Foot Injury | How to Treat it Natually (with Video)

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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 natural items is effective. The use of colloidal silver, essential oils, and herbs is used daily on our homestead. Keep in mind, natural items are used for both humans and livestock.

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.  Using CS regularly around the homestead can be spendy for many. Learning how to brew it at home will only cost you pennies on the dollar.

One thing to bear in mind though, is that if you have suffered this burn injury through no fault of your own then it might be a good idea to get yourself a lawyer so that you can file a lawsuit. If this is something that you are thinking of doing then you might be interested in checking out someone like this Chicago burn injury lawyer.

CS can be used to not only treat illness and injuries, it can be used as an overall preventative as well.

Duck Foot Injury | How to Treat it Natually (with Video)

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.

Duck Foot Injury | How to Treat it Natually (with Video)


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:

Duck Foot Injury | How to Treat it Natually (with Video)

Allow the foot to soak for a minimum of 10 minutes prior to wrapping it.

You can find the oils we trust and use around our homestead here.  Though, if you’re ready to begin learning the plethora of uses for them feel free to join us here!

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.

Duck Foot Injury | How to Treat it Natually (with Video)

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. Natural items found on our homestead consists of essential oils, colloidal silver, and herbs.

Duck Foot Injury | How to Treat it Natually (with Video)

The ability to treat your livestock naturally is a gift and should never replace veterinarian care. Individuals new to using a natural path should always consult a veterinarian prior to addressing the injury.

Duck Foot Injury | How to Treat it Natually (with Video)

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    1. I would suggest minimizing the amount of time spent on the foot. Poultry and waterfowl are pretty resilient, but the foot and leg can take quite a bit of time to make a full recovery.

  1. I would like to learn how to make the colloidal silver? I currently have no income and really am struggling. I have an injured duck foot I need help with, and no money for the vet. Thank you!

    PS I’m not sure if I’m requesting this info in the right place?

  2. I have a duck that has had his toes and webb chewed up by ( assuming) a rat. it looks awful and gray color. I am currently soaking it in saline water/betadine , putting anitbiotic on it and wrapping it with a bandage. have you had experience with anything like this and do you feel that it will heal or probably have to be amputated?

    1. I am hoping that your duck’s foot is doing much better. Duck are very resilient animals and based on how you’re treating the foot it does sound like you would have prevented any infection.

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