Naked neck on one of my ducklings
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That looks like some kind of abrasion or injury.
Can the little one stick his or her head through the fence? Is there anything hot or abrasive nearby?
Who else handles or has access to the ducklings?
How old is it?
I would add Sav-a-chick or gro-gel or some kind of supplementation, rinse the neck with mild saline solution to prevent infection.
There is a Naked Neck duck breed developed in France. Its possible your duckling has the same gene mutation. Google "naked neck duck" or "canard cou nu". Where are you located, i've been looking to aquire the naked neck trait, if you're not overly far and willing to sell him/her.
I wouldn't mind selling them if they have this mutation. I'm located in Southern California. I am giving antibiotics right now to be on the safe side. But the duckling doesn't seem to act ill or have strange behavior so it just might be the mutation if nothing is wrong with it.
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How about that?!?!?
Kind of. It's hard to tell on a duckling. I'll check the other ducklings. Not sure if the naked neck trait is something can develop on other duckling or if it's a born trait. I did take more pics. [IMG]