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Pekin duck is laying eggs with soft shells?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

My pekin hen just started laying again, and she had about 5 normal eggs, but the rest have been soft and squished because they stepped on them. the shells have been leather like. what should i do?


Edited by TheDuckCrew - 3/18/09 at 4:20pm
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post #2 of 12

What are you feeding her?  She should have layer feed and/or ground oyster shell.  Usually that helps pretty fast.

post #3 of 12

She needs calcium!  MY duck had this problem too.  Give her crushed oyster shells (you can find it at a feed store) and you can give her Kale.  Kale has a good amount of Calcium in it.  I wouldn't give her spinach right now if you are, because spinach can cause calcium not to absorb properly.  Keep checking on her to make sure she doesn't get egg bound.  Soft eggs can get stuck in there.

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post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

okay. if i gve her the crushed oyster shells is it okay for my boys to eat too?

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post #5 of 12

Offer it in a separate container. Then they will take what they need. Over time it can be bad for boys.

You can also save egg shells from breakfast. Dry them in the micro a bit and crush them.

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7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

thanks.

just one question, i could take chicken egg shells dry and crush them and give them to the ducks? just pretty confused about this whole thing. sorry.

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RIP lucy. you were my baby, now and forever. i love you. May 13 2008-October 23, 2009
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RIP slushie and chubby. i love you both so much and i'll miss you forever. May 13 2008-May 3, 2009.
RIP lucy. you were my baby, now and forever. i love you. May 13 2008-October 23, 2009
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post #7 of 12

Yes.

7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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post #8 of 12

Crushed eggshells are an inexpensive way to go.  Can layer feeds be used with ducks?

                     Suzy

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post #9 of 12

Yeah, but if you have a drake, over time it can cause kidney (i think) problems since they don't need the extra calcium

7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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post #10 of 12

I feed multi flock pellets to my ducks and not layer pellets because of my boys and then in another pan I have crushed oyster shells for the girls the boys have never ate it and the girls love it like it was candy....

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The best Husband in the world who allows all these critters & kids LOL,4 kids,2 very spoiled fat flat faced persians,1 holland lop,1 very small 5lb Min-Pin and 9 of the most rotten ducks ever ... RIP, Baby Boy, Puddy and Chicken Little and Baby Boy Mallard, I miss you so much.....
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