I have a big problem. I have a muscovy on a huge clutch of eggs but today I noticed she has a huge abscess on the side of her head..:( it is big, pink and shiny and looks so painful. I do not know what I should do about it. Do I risk her leaving the clutch by bringing her inside to lance the boil or do I allow it to naturally break on its own and leave her in her nest??
I also noticed the way she plucked her own down to make her nest. It is very fascinating to see a muscovy make a nest just like rabbits do.
I would lance it. Be sure to drain completely, if its not drained it wont heal. Brooding ducks can get weak from sitting so her health could be easily compromised. Thats just my choice, you have to decide if the duck is most important or her eggs. If you return her to her nest she will likely resume sitting, i have never seen one abandon a nest.