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post #21 of 26
Sounds like something more complicated. I would consult a veterinarian. Oyster shell has worked for me to strengthen their shells.
post #22 of 26
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UPDATE: My duck is still not laying eggs, so no change in her condition. I've given her calcium, pill and egg shell version, I've increased her vitamin D to absorb the calcium. Nothing worked however she looks healthy and happy.I still find a few raw egg bits on the grass occasionally...
Edited by DuckNoobie - 6/30/15 at 7:53pm
post #23 of 26
My thoughts are this. Is she eating her eggs possibly? Do you see her actually laying any eggs? Because I've seen my ducks covered in yolk and that's a good indication of them eating their eggs. Shell pieces, too. They do it when they're not getting enough protein. So that may be an option.

It could be a myriad of problems. The summer heat. Cramped living quarters. Too little water, dirty water. Fear. Discomfort. Full living details and process of elimination would be my suggestion.
Edited by coonhollow - 6/30/15 at 9:21pm
post #24 of 26
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UPDATE! big_smile.png
I'm very happy to announce Daisy started laying eggs again. Her first egg (of her second laying season) was this morning! It only took from June of last year to start making eggs again. I hope there won't be any problems we've encountered last year.
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by coonhollow View Post

Honestly my ducks were barely laying at all, and they're up to 3 eggs per day after four or five days of increased food and oyster shell added to their food. I have never used calcium supplements. But back to food. According to Dave Holderread's food chart, laying ducks should be getting .4 - .5 lbs of food each per day depending on their breed and optimum weight during laying season. Which for me and my 11 ducks (10 hens 1 drake) is 5 quarts of food, or 2.5x what I was feeding them. So I don't know if food quantity could be a factor. I have also added crushed oyster shell to their feed and their shells have gotten thicker.

 

Balanced Minerals are important.

 

Animal Protein is important.

 

Digestible carbs are important.

 

I'm feeding free choice oyster shell  from scratch & peck.  My girls will NOT touch the yellow bags of  Manna brand grit or oyster shell.  4 of them were going through 5 lbs of oyster shell in a couple of weeks.  I have no idea what's different  about scratch & peck oyster shell. 

 

My hens just started laying in December.  I didnt start getting reliably even sized eggs until I started the following:

 

can of  dog food once to twice a day depending on weather & temps.  The colder it was the more dog food i offered.   Grain free dog food, venison/tripe or venison/fish  flavor. 

 

mix of cooked potatoes, carrots and beets daily topped with the morning/nightly balanced food ration

 

Free choice millet.  Free choice lentils.

 

Steamed white/brown/black rice on bad weather  extra cold days (below 20 or high windchill days).

 

I know it seems like a lot of food. I had very little wastage.

 

 

 

 

 

My hens jsut started laying

post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by cayugaducklady View Post
 

 

Balanced Minerals are important.

 

Animal Protein is important.

 

Digestible carbs are important.

 

I'm feeding free choice oyster shell  from scratch & peck.  My girls will NOT touch the yellow bags of  Manna brand grit or oyster shell.  4 of them were going through 5 lbs of oyster shell in a couple of weeks.  I have no idea what's different  about scratch & peck oyster shell. 

 

My hens just started laying in December.  I didnt start getting reliably even sized eggs until I started the following:

 

can of  dog food once to twice a day depending on weather & temps.  The colder it was the more dog food i offered.   Grain free dog food, venison/tripe or venison/fish  flavor. 

 

mix of cooked potatoes, carrots and beets daily topped with the morning/nightly balanced food ration

 

Free choice millet.  Free choice lentils.

 

Steamed white/brown/black rice on bad weather  extra cold days (below 20 or high windchill days).

 

I know it seems like a lot of food. I had very little wastage.

 

 

 

 

 

My hens jsut started laying

That does seem like a lot of food! I had no idea ducks ate cooked veggies and steamed rice! Is it a good idea to feed them dog food? Who knows what goes into that dog food!!! 

I feed everything that the breeder I got my ducks from fed her ducks, she's got a few hundred ducks! Hers never had a laying problem so it was a mystery why mine had a problem. 

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