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my ducks scratch themselves a lot

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My ducklings have been scratching a lot, like at toward their heads like dogs do, they will lay down and scratch at their heads. Is this normal?
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Yup, normal. :)

 

 

 

                                             

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post #3 of 9
I've realized ducklings tend to scratch at themselves a lot. Maybe it's the feathers coming in.. who knows? It seems fairly typical. You could give them a DE dust bath if you're concerned about parasites, and give them a supervised bath to let them clean off and flush out their nostrils.

My zoo/family: Moi, DH, 8 y/o son, baby girl with wings, 2 horses, 5 dogs, 6 cats, pygmy goat, 2 cockatiels, rabbit, 50+ chickens, 2 ducks, guinea fowl, goldfish, and 2 incubators (they count, right?)... and counting!

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My zoo/family: Moi, DH, 8 y/o son, baby girl with wings, 2 horses, 5 dogs, 6 cats, pygmy goat, 2 cockatiels, rabbit, 50+ chickens, 2 ducks, guinea fowl, goldfish, and 2 incubators (they count, right?)... and counting!

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post #4 of 9
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I give them like an 8 minute bath in the bath tub everyday with me watching. I noticed they are much cleaner than chickens, so I thought maybe that could had be part of the reason, I just wanted to make sure it was normal for them. I don't want my babies getting sick.
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What is a DE dust bath??

quote name="ShayBaby" url="/t/769360/my-ducks-scratch-themselves-a-lot#post_10963952"]I've realized ducklings tend to scratch at themselves a lot. Maybe it's the feathers coming in.. who knows? It seems fairly typical. You could give them a DE dust bath if you're concerned about parasites, and give them a supervised bath to let them clean off and flush out their nostrils.[/quote]
DH Mark, DD Danielle, 8 kitties, 2 dogs, Call Ducks in various colors & Black East Indie Ducks.
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DH Mark, DD Danielle, 8 kitties, 2 dogs, Call Ducks in various colors & Black East Indie Ducks.
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post #6 of 9
Diatomaceous Earth. It comes in a dusty, flaky form (but dissolves easily for consumption, as well). Soft to our touch, great dust-bath-material, but is blade-like to buggies and will slice them up and kill them. It has countless beneficial uses; I recommend googling it. I even use food-grade DE occasionally in our human drinking water.

My zoo/family: Moi, DH, 8 y/o son, baby girl with wings, 2 horses, 5 dogs, 6 cats, pygmy goat, 2 cockatiels, rabbit, 50+ chickens, 2 ducks, guinea fowl, goldfish, and 2 incubators (they count, right?)... and counting!

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My zoo/family: Moi, DH, 8 y/o son, baby girl with wings, 2 horses, 5 dogs, 6 cats, pygmy goat, 2 cockatiels, rabbit, 50+ chickens, 2 ducks, guinea fowl, goldfish, and 2 incubators (they count, right?)... and counting!

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post #7 of 9

You might just take a good look (I would need my reading glasses) and see if there are any little bugs on them, but I agree that it's likely just the normal amount of scratching from feather growth and rapid development.  Their skin may be a little dry, too.

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post #8 of 9
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Ok oh. I'll take a good look when i get home, they never leave any bugs in the bath
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I have a full grown Pekin male and he is constantly scratching and biting at his feathers, and under his wings. Constant! Is this normal and if not, what do I do?

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