Well, duck friends, it can happen in the best of flocks. Romy has been letting on that she was about to start laying. But she's having a tough go of it right now. I don't know if it's the occasional romance she has been having with Bean (who, as advertised, appears to be a gentleman when it comes to mating) or just that she doesn't take advantage of the free choice oyster shell, or what. But she's going to be getting some TLC. Right now, I am able to get her to the vet, which I plan to do this afternoon. Checkup and, I reckon, a calcium booster shot and some neocalglucan. I get a sick edgy feeling, though, as I have lost at least two ducks to egg yolk peritonitis. She is now in a tub of lukewarm water deep enough to float in. I will let her be in there, quietly, for about an hour. I do check in, and already she is doing just a wee bit better. At first, she just sat there. Now, she is beginning a few slow leisurely paddles back and forth. I placed a few peas in the tub and on the edge of the tub. She passed a little mucus, apparently. And after having spoken to someone who has had drakes (who live long healthy lives) as well as ducks for many years, I will be putting everyone on layer. Probably will aim to give Bean more non-calcium treats just to lower his whole dietary percentage of calcium to be on the safe side.