Bald Spots

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by pecker-neck, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. pecker-neck

    pecker-neck Out Of The Brooder

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    It got up to 89* here yesterday so we took our 8 day old ducklings outside. We put a shallow cake pan with a little luke-warm water in it with them and they loved playing in the water. At that time, we noticed balding on 3 of our cayugas from the back of the head to where the wings begin. The skin didn't look sore or infected in any way. Is this something to be concerned about? Should use blue kote on the area? Thanks!
     
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  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Could be the brooder is a little too warm, could just be the way they look as they lose some fluff and start getting feathers.

    What is the brooder temperature, what are they being fed, can you describe the brooder setup?
     
  4. pecker-neck

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    The brooder is a 3'6" x 2'4" plastic tote with 8 ducklings in it. We started out at 90* in the brooder and by now, they appear 'hot' at 80*. We spend a lot of time with them and they don't seem to preen excessively and they don't peck at each other excessively.
     
  5. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are the ducklings? It's probably just because they were wet and/or their fluff might be thinning from new feathers coming in. Are the bald spots visible when they're dry?
     
  6. Amiga

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    You probably already know it is about time for them to have a larger brooder. We expanded at two weeks of age, then again at four weeks. If you have Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks, there are recommendations for amount of space in that.

    I happen to be in the duck pen right now, so I cannot quickly grab my copy.

    But you have less than a square foot per duckling, and that is not going to be enough for optimal health.
     
  7. pecker-neck

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    Thanks for the replies. I do have Storey's Guide. The balding isn't noticeable when they're dry. They are 9 days old now. I'm currently building a 4'x8' brooder for them. I thought that we would have more time before we had to expand the brooder size but these things constantly drink, eat, crap and grow!
     

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