My LuLu is FULL of eggs but not laying

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by GhogKilla, Mar 16, 2018.

  1. GhogKilla

    GhogKilla Chirping

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    LuLu used to lay daily. Now she isnt laying but she is super fat with eggs. Is this normal? She seems to be in fine health with nothing leaking out the back.
     

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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    How have you determined her bulk is eggs....external palpation, internal palpation, presumption?
     
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  3. GldnValleyHens

    GldnValleyHens Crowing

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  4. GhogKilla

    GhogKilla Chirping

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    No! None of that I just assumed it was eggs since her belly seems so low and round!
     
  5. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    I would immediately check to see that it's not ascites. (If it is, you can aspirate it using a syringe. There are some good videos on youtube.) Basically, there are various causes, but the symptoms are a buildup of fluid in the belly which will eventually squeeze her internal organs if not removed.

    She could also be egg-bound. Has she pooped? Can you get a picture of any poop or do you not recall the last time she has pooped? Badly egg-bound birds cannot poop.

    Another possible cause is fatty liver or obesity, which you can't really treat except with dieting.

    All of these are serious conditions, and her being "low and round" makes me think that she has one of them which must be treated immediately.
     
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  6. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    All mature Hen Ducks get bottom heavy..Don't presume the worst . Lots of Hens take breaks from laying..
     
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  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    I agree if she was full of eggs she most likely wouldn't be here any longer, but if she is acting fine eating and drinking, pooping then like chickens really said she is most likely taking a break. My Muscovies will lay for a few weeks then take a break.

    What are you feeding her?
     
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