Egg binding duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Duckmobile, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. Duckmobile

    Duckmobile Out Of The Brooder

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    My duck could not stand up yesterday afternoon so we took her to the vet. She had a very high temperature and was having mini seizures. The vet put her in cold water and used a syringe to take the yoke out of the egg that was stuck. Her temperature became normal and later that night she laid the shell. This happened two weeks ago as well but not as bad, she laid the egg later her self. Could this be happening because she built a nest outside of where she sleeps at night and was trying to wait till we let her out in the morning to lay the egg in the nest? She is my pet duck and I'm really worried of this happening again. It costs $50 to take her to the vet and I can't afford to take her if this happens often. What do I do? What are the chances of this happening again?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    While I have not heard of that being a reason for egg binding, I suppose it could be so.

    Is the nest outside the sleeping area in a place that you could secure for her? I mean, really secure?

    I had read or heard that egg binding was related to nutritional imbalances. It can be tricky to meet some ducks' nutritional needs. I have a couple of ducks who get the same diet as the other seven, but they have trouble getting enough calcium.

    Does she have water she can bathe in daily?
     
  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    For starters, make sure she is getting plenty of calcium. That can make a difference.

    But maybe she isn't a qualified layer. In that case, I would put her down. The egg binding is very stressful and if she is going to go through it over and over, it's not a kindness to keep her alive.
     

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