Anyone do a skin biopsy on their duck?

CoriM

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Sprinkled throughout the straw in their night area and run, and occasionally on the sand as well. Seems like it usually sunk to the bottom of the floor, but I ended up scooping out quite a bit when I took out all the straw. I've been sprinkling it for four months!
 

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Sprinkled throughout the straw in their night area and run, and occasionally on the sand as well. Seems like it usually sunk to the bottom of the floor, but I ended up scooping out quite a bit when I took out all the straw. I've been sprinkling it for four months!
Do ducks dig down into bedding like chickens do?
 

CoriM

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Mine do. Not sure if it's just like chickens, but they dig around with their beaks looking for food and make little nests for themselves by pushing the straw around.
 

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I just had a thought (sorry if it's been mentioned already), what about the possibility of this being dermatitis caused by a vitamin deficiency?
 

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@casportpony Thanks for mentioning. I don't feel that it's a strong possibility. They were eating fermented whole grain food and mid way through the trouble I switched them to pellets because it seemed like a lot was being wasted with the whole grains and fines, and I didn't want them lacking vitamins. Didn't seem to make a difference. Also gave vitamin B complex off and on through the months, plus nutri-drench, and fresh veggies. I appreciate any ideas! She's not getting better but not worse.
 

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