Ducks laying Rotten Eggs?!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by TwoDogFarm, Jul 27, 2015.

  1. TwoDogFarm

    TwoDogFarm Chirping

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    I don't know what is going on but I hope someone can help me. For the past few days, I've noticed some strange things going on with the eggs. First, one of my ducks laid a bantam sized egg that had a soft shell and calcium deposits on it. I accidentally broke the shell and what came out was this very stinky, white blob with clear fluid around it. The next day and today, I picked up eggs that had a stinky smell to them as well. I wondered if the first set I got yesterday had to do with the heat, but this morning it wasn't too hot when I collected the eggs and they still smelled terrible.

    In figuring this out, I should mention something. I lost what appeared to be a perfectly healthy duck a couple of weeks ago. This had been the second one in two weeks that had died. It appeared that some of the other ducks were very lethargic and I worried they may have been sick, especially since they had been out free ranging rooting in a ditch that had standing water in it right before our second duck died. After I lost that second duck, I put the whole flock on a round of Duramycin-10 just in case they had ingested some bacteria and had an infection. We just finished the medicine a week from yesterday and I have given them some vitamins and electrolytes a couple of times last week. I know I have to withhold the eggs for 21 days after coming off antibiotic so I would be throwing them out anyway right now. I wonder if this could be some kind of temporary side effect to the medicine? Or is it a sign of something else going on? Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia "Be Strong in the Lord"

    @casportpony hoping can answer some of these questions.
     
  3. Debs Flock

    Debs Flock Crossing the Road

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    I know Duramycin is absorbed by the yolk, which is why you'll be discarding the eggs. So...would it be the yolk that has absorbed the medicine or by-product of the medicine that is causing the bad smell?
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Not sure what would cause stinky eggs, but I doubt it's the duramycin. My best guess would be some type of repro-tract infection. Sadly, Duramycin will probably not be an effective treatment for that.

    -Kathy
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    If you get another odd egg, take pictures of it.

    -Kathy
     
  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    I am also thinking that it could be a reproductive tract infection - but how would that be affecting so many of the ducks? I suppose the bacteria that was systemic from the icky water could be hiding out in there….

    What antibiotic hits the reproductive system?
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    I really don't know what could affect the repro-tract of multiple birds, but I'm sure there is something. This is when consulting a vet is a really good idea, but if one can't do that, I'd have to say that my first choice of antibiotics would be Baytril. Baytril can be purchased without a prescription, but using it incorrectly can cause yeast infections, and for that one would need another medication, not to mention that Baytril is banned for use in poultry. So again, best to consult with a vet.

    -Kathy
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

  9. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    This would be in the running for a possible cause.

    Any guesses what a suitable antimicrobial would be?
     
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2015
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Based on the text below, I'm gonna say it would be Baytril

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    -Kathy
     

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