Eggbound Pekin - Help!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Gascker, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. Gascker

    Gascker In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2017
    I have a Pekin that I've been trying to help pass her egg all day and I'm out of ideas. Looking for any advice.
    The vent looks swollen, perhaps from all the contracting, and doesn't seem to want to open enough.

    So far I have (In no particular order):
    Used an ointment to lower the swelling
    Used lubrication
    Massaged the area under the vent to help ease it out
    Given her warm baths (soaked total of 3 hours today)
    Given her calcium carbonate to increase contractions
    Tried to help her ease out the egg with more pressure applied
    The vent simply wont open enough and allow the egg to pass.

    Last edited: Mar 4, 2017

  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    If at all possible, get a vet's help. How much calcium has she had? She may need some more. I use calcium citrate, in this case I would give 200 to 400 mg. I am not a vet, just sharing what I would do.

    She needs an anti inflammatory and antibiotics. Until you can get to a vet, I would put a teaspoon of turmeric into a couple of tablespoons of peas or other treat and get her to eat that. It is a mild natural anti inflammatory. Ought not to hurt her, might help. The vet told me that inflammation is associated with many bound eggs.
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  3. Gascker

    Gascker In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2017
    Thanks for the advice! Still nothing worked, so I took her to a vet. They broke and removed two eggs. I have her isolated a dim area to hopefully stop egg-laying and more calcium in her diet. The issue is her vent is very tightly contracted and won't ease up. It might be chronic, only time will tell.

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