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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by fethr37, Dec 20, 2014.
Is it common for ducks to lay soft shell eggs during the off-season?
No. Might help to make sure they have access to lots of fresh oyster shell. If you know what duck it is, give her a human calcium pill or tums every other day a few times and see if that helps.
Quote:Thankyou, and how would one administer the tums or calcium pill? They do and get plenty of shell
can't you also crush and mix into some water?
I've used the cal glu and mixed in with thawed peas as a treat. they gobble it up.
Thanks, I just worry about stressing her..I'll give it a few weeks and see. I did add more shell in all their hang outs.
If she is otherwise healthy, giving her a pill will not stress her. Note that it is much harder for them to pass a soft-shelled egg. Soft-shelled eggs = stress, IMO.
I use the peas and calcium gluconate approach - though lately I have switched to dissolving calcium citrate in water, then using it the same way.
And that does not stress the ducks. When Romy would see me coming with her "special" - I always made it in a ramekin - she would sneak away from the other ducks to enjoy her treat. No stress.