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Duck with a crest problem

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ChickyMcduckerton, May 20, 2018.

  1. ChickyMcduckerton

    ChickyMcduckerton In the Brooder

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    Hi everyone. I hope I can get some help with this.. I have a male crested duck, well duckling. He's been growing well and his crest which looked centered at first started to droop down to one side and it blocks his vision. When he was small I could put a loose scrunchie on him which would hold it back a bit so he could see and wouldn't have dirt in his eye and so forth. However now that he is getting bigger it's not working anymore. It's literally going over the hair tie and covering his eye/face. Not sure what to do now. Any ideas or advice would be appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. Quackers3211

    Quackers3211 Songster

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    Could you please post a pic?
     
  3. ChickyMcduckerton

    ChickyMcduckerton In the Brooder

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    (I had to have my husband hold him. He does Not want to hold still for me.)
     
  4. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Crossing the Road

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    Awe. I don't know much about crested ducks, but can you trim his crest?
     
  5. no you cant trim the crest it is a fatty deposit over a hole in the skull. crested ducks only have a crest because of a genetic fault
     
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  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member 8 Years

    Can it be trimmed seems you'd be able to feel the fatty tissue and not cut it. Poor baby needs to be able to see. That's a huge crest for sure a little one.
     
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  7. ChickyMcduckerton

    ChickyMcduckerton In the Brooder

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    I don't think I can. It sort of feels like a marshmallow so I don't know where flesh meet feather. Also, he doesn't hold still. Last thing I wanna do is hurt him.
     
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  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member 8 Years

    What about vet wrap it sticks to itself and can be trimmed to size width wise?
     
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  9. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Crossing the Road

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    I knew what it was caused by, just didn't know if the feathers could be trimmed.
     
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  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

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    Huge crest indeed. In some cases, excessive feathering can be trimmed, but that's not the situation here. My gut says that the only solution would be surgical removal of a large part of the crest by a veterinarian, and I'm not certain that is a possibility.
     

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