Do ducklings pick at wing tips ?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by fresheggsdaily, May 12, 2011.

  1. fresheggsdaily

    fresheggsdaily Out Of The Brooder

    May 12, 2011
    Suffolk VA
    I have 5 7-week oldPekin ducklings. They are partially feathered. One has traces of blood on the tips of her wing feathers. What is causing this ? Could one of the others be picking at her new feathers ? I know that sometimes chickens will peck at new feathers to get the blood out of the quill. Its caused by a protein deficiency or boredom. Do ducks do similar ? Its only on the one duckling.
  2. Eroc1_1

    Eroc1_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2011
    I had a similiar situation with one of my Rouen ducklings. I have no good answer, but I hope that someone can give a good one.
  3. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    Last year I had a few balding ducklings- but it was being done by a gosling at the time. Yes they can get bored in a brooder- but as well as picking at each other - the wings tip can get damaged easily - especially when there is large numbers in the brooders.
  4. Lund Poultry

    Lund Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Brooklyn, WI
    yes they will. Usually bordom. or to small of a area that they are kept in. What size of a area do you keep them in currently. Lots of Grass, head of lettuce anything to chew on instead of them selves. But sometimes when there wings are coming in the blood is so heavy that you can actually see it under the skin.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by