1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

2 Week Old Pekin Ducklings Loosing Feathers?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by featheredfashions, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. featheredfashions

    featheredfashions Chillin' With My Peeps

    115
    2
    91
    Aug 31, 2011
    Florida
    Hi,
    New to the ducky world. [​IMG] Both of our 2 week old indoor Pekin ducklings are loosing their tiny yellow baby feathers on the back and side of their neck, near the side breast area. It's very noticeable when they are wet. They are with only each other when not running around the house. I've never owned a duckling before...is this normal? [​IMG]

    Thanks,
    Jennifer
     
  2. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Alaska
    They are chewing on each other. They'll get over it. I had geese in with my ducklings. They were forever tasting each other.
     
  3. MelbourneDuckMam

    MelbourneDuckMam New Egg

    2
    0
    6
    Sep 13, 2011
    I thought the same about my ducks but it is just because the feathers are so so fine. Mine looked like bare skin when wet but fine when they dried off. They are just growing and still have to get feathers, well junior then the white grown up ducky feathers. Best to put a pic up so we can have a look.
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2011
  4. featheredfashions

    featheredfashions Chillin' With My Peeps

    115
    2
    91
    Aug 31, 2011
    Florida
    Will take a photo this morning and post. [​IMG] Thanks for the advice!
     
  5. Kmoreau

    Kmoreau Chillin' With My Peeps

    171
    3
    91
    Jun 28, 2011
    Are they bald looking when dry too or just when they are wet? If it is when they are dry they are nipping
    At each other ( totally
    Normal ducky behavior) if it's only when they are wet, it's just cause their down isn't thick enough yet. Just wait til they start to feather out, then they look really strange
    Going through their ugly duckling stage!!
     
  6. featheredfashions

    featheredfashions Chillin' With My Peeps

    115
    2
    91
    Aug 31, 2011
    Florida
    OK, Now I feel really silly! lol So I woke up and fed them this morning and they look fine. It must have just been because they were still wet. I've never realized it being quite so noticeable in that area. Perhaps it's because their body is growing faster than the feathers. Anyhow, thanks for all the advice...the pekin sisters "Sparkle" and "Smalls" are fine....just an over reactive first time duck mommy! lol
     
  7. Mini Moe

    Mini Moe Chillin' With My Peeps

    62
    1
    81
    Mar 21, 2013
    Well...I don't have to ask my question, since this thread is almost identical to my situation. So, don't worry about appearing overreactive......I'm right there with ya! Thanks....Sandy
     
  8. vagabondgardner

    vagabondgardner New Egg

    7
    0
    6
    Apr 24, 2014
    Hi! my 3 week old duckling is also appearing to go bald! at first it was just when wet, and I thought the real feathers were just poking through the down, but a week later her back is definitely getting bare, as are the tops of her wings (shoulders) and this morning the front of her neck also is getting bare. :-(. She eats chicken feed with brewers yeast added for Niacin- and lettuce. Should I put some sort of oil on it? Am I missing something in her diet? thx for your experience and advice!
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

    69,358
    5,110
    671
    Oct 3, 2009
    Western N.C.
    How many in with her? plenty of room? if both of those questions answer fine probably just normal. especially if yellow seems alot of yellow ducklings look bald before their feathers begin to come in. Do you give warm water swim time? if you give swim time and your duckling is preening most likely it is using it's oil gland to spread oil , no need to put additional.
     
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2014
  10. vagabondgardner

    vagabondgardner New Egg

    7
    0
    6
    Apr 24, 2014
    She IS yellow, (a beautiful blonde with not-so-bushy locks?) and her one other buddy is 2 weeks old. They are still in a brooder most of the day, but I think they have enough room.They are usually snuggly, I haven't seen them pecking each other. They have a water dish to play in, and they sure do!
    Thanks for the reassurance! I'll stop worrying about her then- as she seems fine otherwise! Thanks so much!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by