Once we determined that there were no broken bones, we took him up to the barn and made a cozy little place for him to rest and after 24 hours, he was no better. And it seemed like infection was setting in. I tried some of my home remedies on him which started that evening:
St John's Wort Oil which would help him with any inflammation and infection.
(Arnica 30c) for the pain.
(Silicea 6c) This homeopathic remedy is used to extract any foreign object that may be inside his foot causing infection.
(Colloidal Silver) An ounce of colloidal silver in his drinking water. Colloidal silver fights off infection, cleans wounds and helps build up the immune system, to name a few.
(Epsom Salts) One cup of epsom salts in tub of warm water. Soaked foot for one hour two times a day!
I phoned our vet, who is an hour drive away and asked her if the time came and the homeopathic treatments were not working, could we take our Pekin duck to see her. She agreed!! You see, the closest avian vet is 7 hours away~~and we didn't want to traumatize our poor little Pekin anymore than he was. Our vet said that she fixed a broken wing on a bird once, but never worked on a duck!! We made an appointment for the vet the next day. We needed to create a name for the duck on file with the vet, so we called him "Peekee"
The next morning, after Peekee's epson salt bath, we set him down on the patio deck for a moment until we organized his little makeshift fort. We used a little swimming pool filled with soft hay and a white sheet over his head for his roof to block the hot summer sun on him. We suddenly heard his little feet going pitter patter pitter patter and he was making his way to the other end of the deck!!!! It was an amazing sight to see.. He then waddled all the way to the other end, with no problem at all.. It was a miracle to see him start walking again. He was still limping, but not nearly like he was before. We called the vet and talked about how he was walking again. We came to the conclusion that the homeopathy was working and we would continue with it. We cancelled the appointment with the vet and we continued with the remedies on hand. We massaged the foot with St John's Wort Oil twice a day for the next week and put colloidal silver in his drinking water. We put him back down in the pond with the rest of his friends the next day and you could see that he was very happy!
Today, Peekee is swimming with his friends and walking around the grass and just having fun being a duck!! It is hard to pick him out of the group now. He is keeping up with them as if nothing was even wrong with him!! We were thankful that it worked out for him and we will always make sure we have the above noted remedies on hand!
If you would like to know how we got these beautiful ducks, here is the wonderful story