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Duck with bursitis - just had inspiration!
"Keep her quiet" said the vet, "make sure she rests that leg for at least three weeks". Now any of you with ducks will know that getting a duck to rest is not the easiest task, and then I suddenly thought "Why would she want to sit still for weeks on end? I know, let's persuade her that being broody is a good idea!" So yesterday I stuck eight pot eggs in her nest box (she's laying every day) and this morning she'd pulled all the straw around into a lovely nest and then covered all the eggs up before she came out! No guarantee at all that she'll think it's a good idea too, but keep your fingers crossed that she'll decide to sit quietly and rest her leg for a few weeks, and get some babies to boot! <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' />
Good thinking Kate.Fingers crossed it works.
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oh thats a cracking idea Kate , i must try that with my ducks , even though aylesburys dont go broody that often if at all . but will see if it works
Update - still laying, still covering all the eggs, but still going out of the coop and shouting to be let out! On the basis that they've always got several eggs 'on the way' I think it might be a few days before hormones kick in (notice how positive I'm being here? <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' /> )
2 birds with one stone and all that. Good idea Kate.
If they can be taught to hate, they can be taught to love.

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