How do you know when a duck is egg bound and when she's just taking a break from laying? They started laying about a month ago and have been absurdly consistent from the very start (one skipped two days the first week and the other skipped one, but then they each had a day where they had two eggs out there, so I'm not even sure they skipped the other days - the eggs may have just been hiding somewhere. Haven't missed a day since.) They certainly deserve a day or two off! And I'd be sad, but okay with it, if one is taking a longer break. But don't want to risk missing a problem if one is brewing. The girls lay very different eggs (small green vs. large white) so I know who's laying, and the Pekin is on her second day without laying. She's also been holding her head firmly out of the water and shaking of the boy every time he tries to mate. I haven't seen this behavior from her, even in the brief period when we had excess drakes. Seems reasonable to me that a bird that was bound up might also find sex uncomfortable, but I don't know whether that's actually the case. She's 8 months old. Weather here has been snowy and cold, and she kept on going through that, but stopped with the warmer weather. Walks awkwardly, but then, she IS a Pekin, all all my others are much more agile to begin with. Any tips on sorting out what's normal and what's not?