7 Reasons Your Duck Is Limping

To keep your ducks healthy, it is important to be aware of the common foot issues that might affect them.

Cracked or Dry Legs

Ducks will sometimes have excessively dry or cracked skin on their legs and feet. This will look like their skin is flaking or peeling off in small pieces. 

Scaly and Peeling Legs

Scaly legs in ducks have noticeable raised areas. It looks like the skin is drying off and dying in chunks, but that is not the case.

How to Help

Do not try to peel off the dry scaly areas. Clean off the duck’s legs as best you can and begin a weekly dipping treatment immediately.

Bumblefoot, medically known as pododermatitis, is an inflammation that occurs in ducks and other birds that live in captivity.


A limping duck will favor one leg, walking awkwardly to reduce pain. They may even hold one foot up while standing still to reduce pressure.