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Duckling Losing Down

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sweetshoplady, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    One of my ducklings has lost his down on his belly. His tummy looks weird. Everybody else's tummy looks fluffy and soft and his is bare. He's also lost some down on his thighs.

    Can ducks get mange? Is it possibe he got bit by ants and scratched the down off?

    I'll get a pic up tomorrow if that would help.

  2. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Sorry cant help but i am sure someone can...
  3. Deedee

    Deedee Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
    Kilgore, TX
    sorry i have no idea either, but wanted to bump it back up!
  4. headred

    headred Songster

    Feb 28, 2009
    Mine lost some too. Seems fine. Funniest thing, I just looked out in the yard and a bird is picking up duck feathers to take back to its nest! Now that seems funny!
  5. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida

    Here's her tummy. Other than missing down she's fine and normal. Just looks really weird. I didn't realize that duclings had seams.
  6. ShadyGlade

    ShadyGlade Songster

    Could one of her brooder mates be picking it off of her?
  7. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    That's possible. She's the littlest of the 4.

  8. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Crowing

    Apr 9, 2007
    It looks like she is being picked on, I had that happen a few years ago.
  9. baileychic

    baileychic In the Brooder

    Mar 3, 2010
    Delavan, WI
    I have 11 ducklings 1 week old today. I let them play in the water and a few hours later I noticed 1 duckling with down missing on the back of neck and on its back. The strange thing is it is the largest of the group and seems weird that he'd be the one getting picked on.... I'm gonna try to observe them and see if thats the case, otherwise I don't know what is causing this to happen. Are they too young for the down to fall out?
  10. rgn87

    rgn87 Songster

    Mar 17, 2010
    no mine had that same stuff on their bellies and they came out fine. I think they get it from swimming a lot.

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