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Should Muscovy Ducks have a dust bath?

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I read the oddest thing the other day, on a Facebook page; a lady claimed to have gotten the advice to provide her Muscovies with a dust bath, and that she often saw them dust-bathing i dirt, like chickens. 

 

I've tried to google for more info, without avail. 

 

What do you guys think? I always assumed they'd be fine with regular bathing...

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When it comes to fowl, never say never, but in all of my near 75 years I have NEVER seen a duck of any sort dust bathing.

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When it comes to fowl, never say never, but in all of my near 75 years I have NEVER seen a duck of any sort dust bathing.


That's what I thought! I started thinking that maybe the aforementioned lady doesn't give her ducks enough bathing water, so they start to dust bath as a last resort..? But that still sounds weird.

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Well giving ducks dust baths could infect there nares if they do not clean them out and then if infected it could spread to the crop and chest. I just don't see it as a good idea, For anyone reading , give your ducks bathing water and water deep enough to clean there nares.
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Well giving ducks dust baths could infect there nares if they do not clean them out and then if infected it could spread to the crop and chest. I just don't see it as a good idea, For anyone reading , give your ducks bathing water and water deep enough to clean there nares.


Thank you. I will not provide my duck with a designated dust bathing area.

 

I'm happy I don't have to do that. The duck pen is starting to get crowded with bushes, roosts, the pond and various shelters.

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