- Aug 4, 2016
When I let my chickens and ducks out this morning I noticed one duck just hanging out in the pen, she looked like she was shivering and she didn't run from me or even quack when I stepped close (the ducks always race out of the pen in the morning, TOGETHER, quacking up a storm, so this was very odd behavior). I went about my business to give her a few minutes. She finally left the pen, but did not join the rest of the ducks, she found a hiding place. Even a duck with a hurt leg is hard to catch, this lady was not very hard to catch at all. I have placed her in a separate pen inside until I figure out what's going on. I gave her food and water and she didn't even turn around in the pen like she had any interest at all. She did take a sip of water out of a bucket just before I caught her. I have never encountered egg bound before and really don't know much about it except that it must be dealt with immediately. My ducks haven't laid all winter, but I see that one did lay this morning, but the egg is broken and the shell was apparently soft. I'm guessing that's not from her, but I have no way of knowing (I have 3 female ducks, the one of concern is my youngest, she'll be 2 this summer, she laid all last year, so its not her first rodeo). Does this sound like egg bound or something else? I read this article (https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/egg-binding-symptoms-treatment-and-prevention.66978/) about egg binding. Can I use coconut oil as a lubricant (I don't have KY jelly or vaseline) to check? Is using a glove critical (I don't have any, but can probably get some but its going to delay checking her)? "Don't go down with your finger, but straight back." What exactly does this mean? How is one holding the duck for this explanation? Is "straight back" toward the top of the duck's back or toward her head as if going backward through her organs? I don't have a calcium supplement, but I do have oyster shells that I've been giving them and egg shells that I sometimes grind up and add to their feed. Can I grind either of these to a fine powder and give to her in some applesauce? Any other tips. Thanks!