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Please help my mallard drake

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Hello! I'm new here and live this forum smile.png. I have the pleasure of having the friendship of a mallard drake aka ducko/duckin/fat butt, that is about to turn 1 year. He is healthy and happy but what I've notuced in the past month is that he does not wash his face or back when he's in the bath anymore hmm.png. His feather on his head are crusty and around his eyes are balding. His eyes look healthy though. He has and us 100% inside my home since a fuzz ball so I do not think it would be pests. He lives to just soak in bath but won't dip head and splash onto backside like he used to. Has anyone experienced this ? This am I tried running shower off to side to see if he'd like that to no avail.
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He may have a virus or infection…. You might try some poultry vitamins and probiotics.

 

If you can get a vet's help that would be good, I understand it is not always possible.

 

For now you could try misting his eyes with a very mild saline solution to clean them up a bit.

@duckinlovin 


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He may have a virus or infection…. You might try some poultry vitamins and probiotics.

If you can get a vet's help that would be good, I understand it is not always possible.

For now you could try misting his eyes with a very mild saline solution to clean them up a bit.
@duckinlovin
 

Thank you:). I added a little plastic bin with water in our sun room so he would hopefully bathe at his own leisure. Yesterday no interest, but this morning after he got out of the bath tub he went directly to the bin and splashed and washed normally! Yay! The only thing I notice now is that he is soaked ...it didn't bead off well. Maybe an oil issue because he hadsnt been preening much the past few weeks? I'll look into vitamins though because I'm sure the cat food he insists on eating isn't giving him all he needs [IMG]
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