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Drake's Bill peeling and turning green...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 4duckitos, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. 4duckitos

    4duckitos Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 7, 2011
    HI!! My favorite drake Frank has a weird green discoloration on the tip of his bill, and it has recently started to peel off....[​IMG]
    Could it be caused by diggin into moldy straw? It's the only thing I can come up with.....he is mostly outside and gets to run around n the garden and in the mud.I hope it's nothing serious!
    Any ideas?[​IMG]
    Thank you!!!
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    A peeling bill further back around the nostrils is fairly normal in many cases- it is getting rid of old built up cells. It can look really nasty- especially if the edges are raised up at all. The discoloration can sometimes be natural as well- many of my drakes go through a bill colour change when they are molting. But if its the actual tip that is peeling it may be something else. Is there any chance you can post a photo of it?
  3. Roxy1989

    Roxy1989 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2010
    my drakes was peeling just around the nostrils and turned green too, really scared me at first,thought it was mold/infection there was a flap of skin for ages,but its gone now and just left a greeny stain [​IMG]
  4. 4duckitos

    4duckitos Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 7, 2011
    I will post a photo as soon as I figure out how to do it.....[​IMG]
    Thank you for now!!
  5. 4duckitos

    4duckitos Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 7, 2011
    Pk here we go I think I got it!!!


    Now look at the tip of his bill, there is a greenish spot and you can barely see where is is peeling off a thin layer of yellow skin on top.....
  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I'd guess he's worn the bill on something. I also see greenish tinges come and go on my girl Runners' bills - sometimes they have a blue caste on their black bills, sometimes it's green. It seems to be somewhat seasonal.

    Is the bill firm, not squishy?
  7. 4duckitos

    4duckitos Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 7, 2011
    Yes the bill feels just fine! I have been putting collodial silver on it to discourage fungal growth....
  8. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2011
    Canberra, Australia
    I think his bill will be fine. The bill is covered in skin (though it doesn't look like normal skin) and it peels at certain times of the year, on the drakes especially.

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