Help! possible sick duck.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Hooperdooper, Nov 26, 2015.

  1. Hooperdooper

    Hooperdooper Out Of The Brooder

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    My 7 month old Pekin just started laying about 3 weeks ago. It has been daily until this week. Monday morning I found nothing. Tuesday I found it after work and today nothing again. She was acting odd today, not as happy and chatty as normal so I figured I'd try a warm bath to see if it would help
    As soon as I put her in she pooped what looked like yolk. I am worried the egg broke but I checked the vent and didn't feel anything. I am not sure how far to go so I went in about an inch and a half. What could this be and did I check her wrong?[​IMG]
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Don't go in very far - generally just an inch or so, but I am not sure . . . @casportpony may have better information about that.

    I am guessing it's a shell-less egg. Those happen. She may need more calcium. What is she getting for calcium?
     
  3. Hooperdooper

    Hooperdooper Out Of The Brooder

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    I give her oyster shell sprinkled on her pellets. Found a vet open and have her here now. Praying for the day best.
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    If they are layer pellets, that's good. Some give oyster shell free choice on the side.

    I have added dissolved calcium citrate to layer pellets to boost calcium.

    But sometimes when they first start laying, they will have weird, undeveloped eggs.
     
  5. Hooperdooper

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    It is regular duck and goose feed. I was told that the oyster shell should be enough but not to go crazy with it because it is bad for the drake.
     
  6. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Put it on the side so she can eat as much as she needs/wants. The drake won't eat it.
     
  7. Hooperdooper

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    thanks. I'll do that.
     

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