Australian Spotteds, 3 weeks, new feathers, dandruff?

Saigey

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Hi! I have a precious pair of Australian Spotted ducklings that I got at 2 and 3 days old. They're both about 3 weeks old now and doing very well. Since they aren't fully feathered (hatched in an incubator) they get to swim once every evening in warm water in the bathtub for about 20 minutes. I use the hairdryer on low with cool air bursts so they don't get chilled or burned in the drying process after a quick towel dry, then some snuggles to make sure they are nice and warm. They seem to have new feathers coming in and are looking a little scruffy. I use a tiny, light, soft baby brush for them, but I think they have little dry skin flakes? No red patches or anything. Is this just normal ducky procedure?
 

Saigey

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I'm not so sure it's a good idea to be blow drying them regularly.


Can you post a few clear pictures of them?
It's very brief, low temp drying with my hand in front of them, just to get in initial drenching off. It's less and less every time, since the water is rolling off more regularly now. They were getting too chilled.
 
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Saigey

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I'm not so sure it's a good idea to be blow drying them regularly.


Can you post a few clear pictures of them?
It's hard to get them to stand still, lol, but hopefully these are clear enough
 

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Saigey

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I'm not so sure it's a good idea to be blow drying them regularly.


Can you post a few clear pictures of them?

Sending pics from week 1 to now.
 

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