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Mamma ducks seem really thin

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So, I have 3 mallard ducks and 2 of the females have been nesting (one of the females eggs just hatched) and they both seem REALY thin. Like under a pound and I can feel there bones. My drake seems to be a normal weight though. Is it normal for nesting ducks to be really thin? Also the one that doesn't have babies yet has a lot of missing feathers in the back of her neck and she's acting kinda crazy. Thank you any help is appreciated?!!:jumpy

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it is normal for nesting birds to lost some weight but not a ton, as for the missing feathers I don't have an answer for you.

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I just looked that up and apparently its from the drake matting with them and its normal

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I had to separate my drake from the female every time she came out for a break he would try an mate her she went crazy did not want to breed. the babies hatched 12 of them. I still keep him out I am afraid he will kill the babies .

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Luckly my drake is realy nice to the babies and actually helps care for them

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