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Kakhi Campbell Duck worse for wear. Update: bully chickens were the culprit. Working out flock dynamics now. Everyone recovering well

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Hi there -

Please don't feel any need to answer this over the holidays - just when you have time is fine.

One of my ducks has been losing feathers around her eyes and is practically bald on the back of her neck (I think the loss of feathers on her neck is likely from the other duck mounting her regularly). I separated her for a while and got some feather fixer to her along with some antibiotics and electrolytes. After about a week, she seemed to be doing better, so I tossed her back into the coop with the other ducks and chickens. Now, she seems to be doing worse again and her feathers on her body seem to be kind of dingy and slick-looking. Almost like they're greasy.

Important history for this duck: She did have bumble foot in the past, but we cleared that up just fine. She is definitely the lowest bird in the pecking order and has a pretty high-strung personality. She stresses out and skirts the other birds in the pen (I've never actually seen any other them pecking her, but it must happen on occasion if she's that nervous around them). Likewise, she was stressed the whole time I had her separated and was constantly quacking back and forth with the other duck in my flock.

I feed my flock a "mixed flock" feed and supplement with scratch grains and oyster shells as well as food scrap treats (celery and carrot tops, apples that are within a day or two of needing to be used, etc). They have a large 2 gallon heated dog bowl that I keep fresh water in, although for those of you with ducks, I am sure you know how quickly they can make a mess of their water. In other words, she has plenty of depth to dunk her head and she can even get completely into the bowl, if she wishes, although it's a tight fit.

Do you have any ideas about what might be happening to her? If not, do you have any other knowledgable folks that you might point me to?

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this email! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

 


Edited by naivetefarm - 1/5/16 at 6:21am
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She looks as if she is being over mated.  Is your other duck a hen or a drake?

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The other duck is a hen.  They go EVERYWHERE together.  Lucy is the duck that looks worse for wear.  Ethel is her partner and she does mount Lucy often.  Most folks have said it would be strange to be in such bad shape from another hen and are suggesting that the chickens may be picking on her - I'll try separating the two ducks first (Lucy gets stressed when away from Ethel and visa versa) and see if that helps.  If not, I'll start rotating the flock out to see if I can shake up the dynamics to get a more even pecking order. 

Thanks so much for replying, @Broody Magician


Edited by naivetefarm - 12/25/15 at 2:42pm
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