One of my 4 Pekin ladies has been acting odd lately. Two days ago there were strong winds and when I let the ducks out of the coop, she came flying out and squawking as if afraid of something. Typically she's the loudest but its more of a "scolding" than anything when I get close to the group. Now its more of a "I'm in danger" or "help me" kind of squawk. Whenever I get close, she is squawking and I've noticed that her tail is almost constantly wagging. She is eating and drinking water, I saw her poop. I've noticed only 3 eggs the last two mornings instead of the normal 4 though there were some soft egg shell fragments yesterday. I'm just worried about her. Maybe its stress with the windy/cold weather?? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Is my duck egg bound?
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Fortunately my cousin was in town and she just passed her vets boards so she was able to take a look and said its probably not egg binding because the egg wasnt anywhere near the vent. After three days of only 3 eggs a day (4 duck hens), we finally got 4 eggs again this morning, so egg binding is out of the question. She is still quacking funny, her feathers are ruffled and her tail twitches but it seems to only be when we humans are present. otherwise she seems fine when we watch from the window. maybe she is just still stressed out from 60mph winds over the weekend.