I'm not sure if my duck is egg bound...


6 Years
Apr 17, 2013
Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK
Hi guys, I haven't posted on here before, but I need a bit of help. I have a call duck who has been laying since March but she hasn't laid in four days. She is eating and drinking fine, but she has been sleeping a lot more than usual and I've noticed her feathers getting dirty so she hasn't been swimming either. I have seen her go into her nest and try to lay an egg but nothing has come out. Her tummy is very large, however when I picked her up I couldn't really feel anything in there and she is pooping okay.
Unfortunately it's easter weekend and I can't afford an emergency vet :( does anyone have any advice, it would be much appreciated as I love her dearly.
Could be egg binding, could also be egg yolk peritonitis - in which case she needs oral or injectable antibiotics.

For egg binding, a long swim in lukewarm water deep enough to float in can help, also increasing calcium intake. I have used 23% calcium gluconate, 2 teaspoons per cup of water added to feed, or a half a teaspoon in two tablespoons of mashed peas (they love peas) for a real boost.

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