DUCK PROBLEMS

Amy enjoying the new fish pond

It’s been a rough week.  Just as soon as we saw such a dramatic improvement in Amy (which made us so happy) there arose some complications – laying.   Good news, bad news sort of whiplash.  Good news she was looking and doing so much better but it’s been ages since she’s laid – it’s like not exercising and then having to use muscles that have been hiatus for months.

She hadn’t laid an egg since her injury last fall but with the warmer weather she laid her first egg on Monday and had some complications.  Jordanne and I assisted her – coaxed the egg out but now there’s yet another egg and that’s having a bit more trouble coming out. We are trying everything we know – oil, warm baths, steam, liquid calcium.

We knew she would lay one day but didn’t expect so much trouble – another lesson learned through this experience.

Of course if egg won’t expel then things could get dangerous and even if we get the egg out will this problem continue.  The situation, questions and “should have done’s” weigh heavy on our minds and hearts.

There comes a point when sometimes you have to step back and let nature take it’s course – and that’s tough.

So if you can say a little prayer for her (and us – because we got to really bond with her)

It’s all in God’s hands now.

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Comments(22)

  1. Chris says:

    Keeping Amy and you all in my prayers. Don’t give up hope! I could have sworn in my heart of hearts that I was going to lose, Dolce, my geriatric dwarf bun (12 last year, turning 13 in May). Had I taken him to the vet, they would have told me to put him down. I’ve been doing physical therapy with him (starting slowly and now 2-3 X per day). He’s turned into Rocky Balboa bunny, blind as a bat, but hopping around through his box maze and giving happy bunny shakes, chirpy, happy bunny sounds and kisses and kisses. We do have to accept that Nature will eventually takes it’s course, but you know that sometimes she has a real sense of humor! Keep the faith!

  2. Michele says:

    Prayers said for all of you and Amy. I think you have given her amazing care regardless of what the future brings.

  3. Michelle says:

    It IS so tough to let nature take it’s course…especially when we become attached to our animals. They are like family…I pray with tears in my eyes that God help her strengthen her muscles and that she be able to lay eggs naturally and without assistance. (Except maybe just God’s!)

  4. Laura says:

    I also have a tough time with nature taking it’s course. I try not to get close to our animals for that reason. I will keep your family and Amy in my prayers.

  5. MommaJace says:

    My prayers are with you…n’ your wee ducky

  6. mary says:

    Holding out hope for a good result for Amy dear.

  7. Laura says:

    What a difficult situation! I feel for you and for Amy, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. 🙂

  8. sue says:

    Anais–I follow a fun blog by Terry Golson, who raises chickens in Massachusetts (http://www.hencam.com/henblog/, click on FAQs) Her treatment for egg-bound hens sounds reasonable: 1. use a gloved finger greased with vaseline into her vent to try and grease the egg out. 2. Give her 2 Tablespoons of olive oil by mouth (medicine dropper). I think this is to make her poop (same hole) 3. Soak the hen (duck) in warm water mixed with epsom salts to relieve pain and relax butt muscles and oviduct. 4. Dose her with epsom salts mixed with pedialyte. Good luck!

  9. Carl says:

    This is an amazing story! Just said a prayer for Amy. I hope everything turns out ok. she will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    God Bless and Peace,

    Carl

  10. John says:

    Love and peace to Amy and all.

  11. Ellen Bremer says:

    Praying for Amy and you all!

  12. Cindie K. says:

    I know from experience how hard it is to lose a pet, as do most of us, I would imagine. We lost our rabbit, Stash, a few weeks ago, and my daughter has not been back in the animal room since. I have been amazed at the progress you have made with Amy in providing her at-home care. I will pray for your continued success wtih her.

  13. theherbalkitty says:

    Best of luck to all of you and Amy, and all my prayers are with you! May God bless you all with a speedy recovery.

  14. Patti says:

    Bless all of you and lots of love to Amy. I recently lost a beloved bunny and it is never easy. I hope for a great outcome for Amy!

  15. Chris says:

    Aww.. Patti, so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved bun. Sincerest sympathy. I’ve been there 3 times already, twice more to go. I am grateful that Anais & Jordanne have so eloquently addressed their wisdom on this issue in the past based on very touching, personal experience. I now tell anyone thinking making any animal part of the family that as cute as they are when you bring them home, you must also prepare for the loss and saying farewell my beloved. It is the unconditional love part of the relationship and the reward of knowing we each were better off “sharing life” than to have never had our paths cross and the mutually rewarding journey we shared. It is a true blessing and a privilege to share that kind of relationship, whether it is with people, household pets or our barnyard family. Sending out love, comfort and prayers!

  16. manzanita says:

    keeping your family and all your pets in our prayers.

  17. Heidi says:

    Sending much love to Amy.

  18. kitsapFG says:

    Similar to Sue’s comments above, I have been told to use the vaselined gloved finger to lubricate and try and move the egg down the path and out. I am sure it depends on how far up the channel the egg is bound but it may be worth your time to try.

    Keeping you all in my thoughts.

  19. Ashley says:

    I understand the egg difficulties. You’ll be in my prayers (Amy too).

  20. Wendy says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Amy. The hardest part about this “farming gig” has been accepting that nature will often “take its course” – which is occasionally not the course we wish it to take.

    Good luck to you all.

  21. john logan says:

    I’ve rescued a grown female teal duck. She was missing an eye and apparently had a terrible accident and lost the other eye. She let me hold her and after drinking water did manage to wiggle her tail. I think she would live with a non- threatening environment. She trusted me to help, and I can’t bring myself to put her down. I can keep her in my tub and bathroom for a few days until someone can take her. The college vet school doesnt take wild animals anymore. The game warden sais there wasnt any help around. My wife rescued a deaf kitten earlier this year, so you see the delima. I’m begging, pleading, and praying for help. I’ll drive a days ride if help is offered. THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! John 662-889-9645

    • Anais says:

      @john logan: Jordanne wrote you an email last night. Hope what references she sent helps. Wishing you and the ducky all the best.

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