duckling concern...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Elly, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. Elly

    Elly Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 18, 2008
    I have three ducklings that my daughter rescued and I know very little about ducks, but was told they were Pekin ducks and that they were 3 to 5 weeks old when we got them. We have had them now for two weeks. The largest of the three has black markings on the top of his/her head. I noticed this about the third day of having them. The others are just starting to show signs of this also. I thought Pekin ducks had no dark markings only yellow as ducklings and then white as they get older. I just want to make sure they don't have a fungel infection or something lacking in their diet that could be causing this. I am feeding them a duckling grower/stater that I got from the feed store with access to water all the time. Any help or suggestions would be wonderful.

    Here are some pictures:



  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    If you have waterfowl starter feed you are doing an excellent job. Just like chicks you can give them yogurt. I also (for my Geese and ducks) float chopped lettuce and grass and spinach in a bowl of water for them to eat. They will LOVE it. Ducks also like bugs and worms. They are meat eaters.
  3. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm going to guess that your duckies aren't purebred pekin, probably some other duck genetics going on. they look adorable. my kids went slug hunting for our ducklings, little slugs, so they don't choke. The loved them. Enjoy your duckies!
  4. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    Do yours have as much fun in the tub as mine do? Oh my what a hoot to watch them!

    I question do you have a heat lamp on them? They are not burning their heads are they? Reason I ask is I had a hen do that, she singed the feathers right off her back. Didn't realize it till it was almost too late. Just asking, it looks like they have all of the feather there, so I am thinking it is a mix breed duck they are adorable though!
  5. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    If this hasnt been addressed, they look like Muscovies to me. [​IMG]
  6. MilkMaid

    MilkMaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2008

    Those are very pretty ducks, but they don't look like any pekin ducklings I have ever seen, even without the black markings. Their beaks and feet are pinkish instead of dark orange like a pekin and the shape of the head and body don't look typical for any pekin ducklings I have seen either. Maybe they are mixed or maybe something else entirely.
  7. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    Should have added that some White muscovies get the black spots on their heads.
  8. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    Quote:Ditt , just look at their tail.
  9. birdnutz

    birdnutz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2007
    Scovies are ALOT cuter as babies then. They look good and healthy to me.
  10. Bex

    Bex Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 12, 2008
    My Pekin Duckling (who's almost 3 weeks old) tail looks just like that so I don't think its the tail that makes it look like a muscovy, lol.

    I think they are cute either way! I think if it was a fungal infection or something you needed to really worry about that it would be all over the body - not just in a secluded spot on top of the head.


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