2-Year Old, Tiny Duck Never Molted Properly

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 3bird, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. 3bird

    3bird Songster

    Apr 2, 2017
    Rockland, Maine
    Hi All.

    This is Martha.


    She is a two-year old silver Appleyard who has really never fully molted (hard molt) and never developed her blue wing bars. She is our tiniest girl and often our broodiest girl. She's got all kinds of quirks such as hopping (we call her our jumping bean) and a very distinctive quack. She appears generally pretty happy (for a broody girl) and forages with her sisters and eats lots of slugs and snails et al. She eats fine and isn't afraid to eat, but she's just so tiny. We'd like to put a little meat on her bones. We thought about offering her some small minnows. What ideas do you have?

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  2. Jpat

    Jpat Free Ranging

    Apr 30, 2018
    Nova scotia
    Shes cute!

    What do you feed them?
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  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Maybe try adding some dry cat food or dog food to their feed. Its great for molting birds and can add a bit of substance to her. I use it as a treat along with meal worms. You can sprinkle some on their feed too. Just get small size kibble so it's easy to swallow. Something in fish. I give dog food since I have dogs they get salmon and pea.
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  4. 3bird

    3bird Songster

    Apr 2, 2017
    Rockland, Maine
    She is such a cutie! She has free choice 16% layer feed and they forage at least an hour twice daily (and often all day in the summer). They also all get soup (peas and greens with a meal worm crumble) 2x/day.
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  5. 3bird

    3bird Songster

    Apr 2, 2017
    Rockland, Maine
    That's a great idea. We do give them dry cat food sometimes in the winter. Maybe we'll see if we can separate her and give her some. Thanks!
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  6. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw Addicted to Birds

    Jul 8, 2018
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  7. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I think it’s got a spinal deformity. Possibly dwarfism..
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  8. Texag87

    Texag87 Crowing

    Sep 22, 2018
    We have a K/c that has a spinal deficiency like that. She is the loudest and the one who wants to go broody. She has to be run out of the coop every morning because not only is she guarding her eggs but the others as well.
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