Lethargic duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by BecBettencourt, May 16, 2016.

  1. BecBettencourt

    BecBettencourt In the Brooder

    Apr 5, 2015
    Meridian, Idaho
    My Pekin duck jack (who is actually female) has not laid eggs for a couple weeks, when her sister has been laying everyday. Jack has been very slow and tired lately- and is laying down every chance she gets, while Daisy (my other duck) still is roaming around. Jack usually is excited and begging for food and love but she just lays there now. I don't know what could be wrong??
  2. LovesAGoodYolk

    LovesAGoodYolk Chirping

    Sep 4, 2015
    Iroquois Cnty IL
    is she egg bound?
  3. BecBettencourt

    BecBettencourt In the Brooder

    Apr 5, 2015
    Meridian, Idaho
    I don't know how to tell??
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    It may not be easy to tell.

    Be very gentle, because if there are eggs inside her, they could break if you are not careful.

    She does need help, I feel. I would not let this go any longer.

    If possible, a vet would be a good idea.

    You may be able to feel her abdomen for swelling, or even feel an egg in there.

    Often, people have success with helping egg bound ducks by doing two things:

    Let her float in a tub of lukewarm water - no soap - for an hour or so. Sometimes this helps them relax and let the egg go. And she probably needs a bump of calcium. Tums has 400mg of calcium, so I'd crush half a Tums and put it into some treats, like thawed frozen peas, for her to enjoy. Then an hour or so later, give the other half. Just initially. Then, I'd give an extra 100 mg of calcium a day for a few days.

    You can find calcium citrate tablets where human vitamins are sold. I prefer them as they don't have flavorings. But if all you can find is a Tums, I would use it.

    Egg binding can be fatal. It can lead to egg yolk peritonitis, an internal infection. Don't let a vet tell you it cannot be treated. Though there is no guarantee, I know of at least one case in which giving the duck Baytril saved her life.

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