5 week old Cayuga losing feathers and trouble walking

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ngasmallfarm, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. ngasmallfarm

    ngasmallfarm New Egg

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    Hello, I have a group of Cayugas that are 5 weeks old. I noticed one duck has progressively lost all the feathers on its back between the wings and on the tips of the wings. It's entire back is bare and has developed some sores. Also, it has extreme trouble walking now. I separated it from the rest of the flock, provide water with antibiotic and sprayed back with blue coat. Does anyone know what is wrong with the duck?
     
  2. Senna95

    Senna95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know about ducks, but my geese have had this: the other babies were chewing on his baby fuzz. I gave them some greens to chew on (grass, lettuce, weeds, etc.), and no more problem.
     
  3. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like he's being picked on. You're doing all the right things--separating him from the others is a good step. Are they getting enough protein? Sometimes feather eating is a result of not enough protein. What are they eating, and how are they kept? Are they free range part of the day? Eating chicken feed? What kind? The answers to those questions may help someone to help you. Good luck!
     
  4. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Are you giving your babies supplements in their drinking water? Leg weakness usually point to a deficiency in niacin in young ducklings.
     
  5. ngasmallfarm

    ngasmallfarm New Egg

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    Hello, I haven't been giving them niacin, but will try it. Thank you.
     
  6. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

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