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Is there something wrong with both of my Drakes tails?

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 Sorry the pictures are a little fuzzy!  Of course they won't stand still for the photo shoot!

 

Tailless?  I thought they were molting but they have been like this for weeks.  Does molting take that long? We have had them for almost a year and I have never seen a huge molt.  Nothing noticeable on the ducks just a few feathers on the ground here and there sometimes.   All of the girls have their tails but the boys just have their stubby little cute butts.  I feed them 16% protein duck food and they get lots of kitchen scraps.  The girls have a side dish for calcium.  Should I add some cat food? Am I missing something? Or maybe this is just normal??  Thanks!!!!

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It looks like feather picking, have any of your ducks been nipping at him or are they ever confined in a smaller space ? 

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
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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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Thanks for responding.  No.  I haven't noticed any nipping at all and I watch them a lot!  They have a very large fenced in area for over winter and are housed in a 15X8 dog kennel with a 8x10 shed attached at night with open access to either all night.  We have 9 ducks.  7 girls and 2 boys.  Both boys are missing tails.  All of the girls are good.   

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