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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My silkie is walking like a duck. A kind of squat. She will

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My silkie is walking like a duck. A kind of squat. She will eat her usual feed and drinks water but her belly is a bit hard. I have soaked her in warm water and put Vaseline around her vent. None of these things have made any difference. What else can I do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Need answer as soon as possible as what I read on line makes it seem dire. How soon will I get an answer to that s inquiry?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. You're correct to be concerned because it sounds as if Blondie is egg bound and this disorder requires prompt attention - usually by an avian vet (please see here: Please review this site: which is one of the better synopses I've seen for the lay (pardon the pun) poultry owner and then return to our conversation with additional questions or concerns.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have given her a ground up tums. Started all this treatment about 9:00 AM
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Tums (calcium carbonate) can be helpful if Blondie were calcium deficient but rarely works quick enough if she's truly bound...and egg binding has other etiologies than calcium deficiency which isn't seen often now that our birds are eating much improved food than ever before.