Soft Shell Help!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by fethr37, Dec 20, 2014.

  1. fethr37

    fethr37 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it common for ducks to lay soft shell eggs during the off-season?
     
  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    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.

    -Kathy
     
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    Quote:Thankyou, and how would one administer the tums or calcium pill? They do and get plenty of shell
     
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  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    can't you also crush and mix into some water?
     
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  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I've used the cal glu and mixed in with thawed peas as a treat. they gobble it up.
     
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    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.
     
  9. casportpony

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    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.

    -Kathy
     
  10. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    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.
     
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