Duck stopped eating.

PaulX

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I'm quite worried about my almost 6 months old duck. She already started laying on 31st July, but on this Tuesday she didn't lay in the morning, and when I checked later at noon she was limping, was putting her weight on her left leg and skipping the right. I thought she had a leg injury from jumping as she had limped the other leg before and healed up. Tuesday before dark her leg seemed a bit better, but it got worse again after Wednesday morning meal. Fast forward to Thursday, the last meal she ate was at noon, then she stopped eating completely. On Thursday afternoon I noticed her pooping watery white poop. And now it's Friday evening here, and she still hasn't resumed eating. I tried to place the food bowl in front of her, but she walked away. She didn't even eat the veggies she normally lunged at with vigor. Her right leg seemed normal starting Friday afternoon, but I don't know, it might get worse again tomorrow morning.

What worries me the most is that she's not eating, and together with other symptoms, I concluded from the information I could gather that she could be egg bound. But then I came across this video on youtube, which says egg bound ducks should act like this.

But she's not acting like this at all, she's been acting completely normal aside from the limp and the lack of appetite. She still nibbles around in the grass with her siblings, still preens, and just looked very slightly lethargic this afternoon, understandably so since she's gone for 1 1/2 days without food. The only other abnormal thing I noticed was that she seemed reluctant to sit down while the others did, she just rested while standing on her left leg, only laying down much later reluctantly.

I know I should try and feel her hind to see if I could feel anything, but she's the least tame of my ducks and I want to save the catching for the critical moment when I need to treat her. I hope to find out first what is wrong with her so I can know what to do. Any ideas?

She's an Indian runner, will be 6 months old in 4 days. She started laying 17 days ago but haven't laid any since Tuesday. Her name is Soufflé and this photo was taken this afternoon. She's always been the largest of my 3 runners, but smaller than my pekin of course.

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PaulX

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She definitely looks swollen in her hind end. I'm thinking egg bound. Do you supply extra calcium like oyster shell? You can give her two tums for calcium too..Crush them into powder and mix in a cup of water if she won't eat.

@PaulX vets will give an injection of calcium gluconate to get an egg moving. Can you get that where you are? I had to order on Amazon but maybe where you buy your feed would have it. It can be given by mouth also.

So it really is egg binding? What about the youtube clip above? I'm thinking of taking her to the vet tomorrow afternoon (will be your midnight tonight) in any case if she doesn't start eating by the morning.

Yes I believe the vet hospital should have the supplies. Never been to one before though, these ducks are my first pets.
 

PaulX

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Guess what just happened? I was just about to fall asleep (it's 1 am) when I heard a strange duck voice, so I ran out to check on them. There was an egg, freshly laid, still warm to the touch, with a green tint, definitely a runner egg. I really hope it's Soufflé's. I'll find out in 6 hours if she can eat in the morning.
 

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So it really is egg binding? What about the youtube clip above? I'm thinking of taking her to the vet tomorrow afternoon (will be your midnight tonight) in any case if she doesn't start eating by the morning.

Yes, I believe the vet hospital should have the supplies. Never been to one before though, these ducks are my first pets.
IDK, Paul, I watched that video and my runners don't act like that when egg bound but maybe because the duck in the video was Pekin (I'm assuming) and I've got runners.

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When my girl gets egg bound this is how she stands. Her butt just about drags the ground and her neck looks like an "S". When she tries to walk she stumbles, puts her wings out and then just flops down. She has been egg bound quite a few times and it's like this every time it happens. I give her a shot of calcium gluconate and by the next day she's good to go! I'm always watching her for this though because I don't let it get like in the pictures if I can help it.
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