13 year old duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by marilyn1, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. marilyn1

    marilyn1 Chirping

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    Donald is a pet outside duck. he is 13 yrs. old. Eats fine poops fine swims in pool fine does all his normal activity. notice his feathers seem to not repel water like they should and he seems wet afterwards. he has lost a little weight. Is it his age or a problem do you think. What is the life span of a spoiled outside city duck? It's a drake. He has a friend and the 2 drakes get along fine. Other ducks feathers are good.
     
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  2. JustDucky0318

    JustDucky0318 In the Brooder

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    I believe average is 16-17 years
     
  3. marilyn1

    marilyn1 Chirping

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    Any thoughts on his feathers
     
  4. JustDucky0318

    JustDucky0318 In the Brooder

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    Have you checked his oil gland? It could be clogged. I've heard of something called "wet duck" which is caused from lack of oil production.
     
  5. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

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    Is he able to bathe as much as before? i would bet aging would make movement more difficult. BOSS(black oil sunflower seeds) is good for feathers, i would check his oil gland for a blockage. Frankly, at that age? you've done very well, so overall his care sounds excellent!

    what is he?(breed)
     
  6. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

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  7. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Crowing

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    Could be an oil gland issue.

    13 is pretty old for a mallard-derived breed. You must be doing something right with him to live that long.
     
  8. marilyn1

    marilyn1 Chirping

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    Thanks. how do I check the oil glands?
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Go down top of back at top base of tail you'll see the oil gland.
     

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