Bugs in ducks feathers

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jnicholes, Oct 14, 2019.

  1. jnicholes

    jnicholes Songster

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    Hello,

    So, please nobody take offense at this, but I'm a duck and goose Hunter. I don't raise ducks, I prefer to hunt them. I apologize if I offend anybody.

    Today, I went out hunting and got a duck, but I noticed something interesting that has me concerned on if it's safe to eat or not. I was hoping somebody can help me figure it out.

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    There were lots of these bugs in the feathers. What are they? Is it safe to eat the duck after removing these bugs?

    Any help will be appreciated.

    Jared
     
  2. BarnhartChickens98

    BarnhartChickens98 Crowing

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    That looks like lice to me. They only suck blood so should be ok but wait for another response for positive id
     
  3. quackiemama

    quackiemama Free Ranging

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    I have no idea but am gonna watch and see your responses
     
  4. jnicholes

    jnicholes Songster

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    Well, here's hoping somebody that knows can help me out! I'm looking forward to trying to make duck noodle soup.
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Ephesians 6:13

    If the bugs are in the feathers I can't imagine how that would hurt the meat.
     
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  6. jnicholes

    jnicholes Songster

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    You know what? You got a point there. I don't think it damaged the meat.

    I just finished making the duck noodle soup. It's delicious!

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  7. Cedar Creek Farm Lady

    Cedar Creek Farm Lady Crowing

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    Duck lice is correct. Yuck. Screenshot_20191014-142937_Google.jpg
     
  8. jnicholes

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    Thanks for the help in helping me identify what the bugs were. I appreciate it.

    Jared
     
  9. quackiemama

    quackiemama Free Ranging

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    Your soup looks good
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Ephesians 6:13

    They live on the feather shafts.
     

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