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Hey all. I have two 10 day old ducklings. They seem to be growing up fine and getting big very fast. Today I came home after leaving them alone for several hours and noticed one of the ducklings is missing a patch of feathers. I've been reading other forums but am super paranoid because this is the first time I'm raising ducks. I give them baths daily in warmer water and clean out their homes and sanitize it with disinfecting wipes. I don't think it's possible for the ducks to have attracted mites or lice. So what else could be causing the duck to be missing a patch of feathers? Also, I have noticed the ducks itching a lot and have very dry skin on their feet and a sort of dandruff coming off their backs. All advice is welcome!
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It sounds like their just molting their down feather and growing their big kid feathers. The dandruff coming off is the casing that the new feathers are in and the scratching is the ducklings getting the casing off of their feathers. The ducks dry feet are normal, I don't know why it happens but mine did it and are fine. What does the patch of missing feathers look like, can you see the ducklings skin? Are there no feathers there at all?

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It sounds like their just molting their down feather and growing their big kid feathers. The dandruff coming off is the casing that the new feathers are in and the scratching is the ducklings getting the casing off of their feathers. The ducks dry feet are normal, I don't know why it happens but mine did it and are fine. What does the patch of missing feathers look like, can you see the ducklings skin? Are there no feathers there at all?


He is looking better today! But he's a photo of what it looks like!
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Maybe his sibling got a little to rough playing or the duckling is over preening. I've heard of ducks and chickens 'feather eating' but don't know much about it. It doesn't look irritated and infected but I'd still keep an eye on him.

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Maybe his sibling got a little to rough playing or the duckling is over preening. I've heard of ducks and chickens 'feather eating' but don't know much about it. It doesn't look irritated and infected but I'd still keep an eye on him.

Ok thank you for helping me out! I'll definitely keep an eye on them and hopefully his missing patch doesn't get larger
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I agree with virus, it does look like possible feather picking.
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A breeder of mallards(grey and black), Call ducks (2015 FINALLY!!!), (I also have a seabright and a bantam cochin)
I do not support the 4-h system
Jesus is the king rejoice!
NPIP certified
Reply
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I agree with virus, it does look like possible feather picking.

I've been watching them and they seem to be picking at themselves more than each other. But I gave them both a very warm bath and now that they're dry and relaxed they're feathers look better.
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