Ducklings balding with red skin?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Ehchwi, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. Ehchwi

    Ehchwi New Egg

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    Hi I am new to the duck world and I have 2 pekin ducks and i *think* a khaki campbell. I am not sure how old they are but they are still ducklings. The youngest one maybe 2 weeks old or less but this problem is more apparent on him/her. Especially on the neck and down the back his skin seems red and is balding. It has gotten increasingly worse since this morning and I was shocked when I saw him. Though it is way more noticeable The other pekin has this too but on a lesser scale. I am not sure about the Khaki (he is the eldest i think about a month?) but since he is a brown color I may not be noticing it as much... They do preen each other once in a while but only when they are wet.

    I am a college student so I cant afford to take them to the vet right now. If i really need to I will but I want to make sure Im not just being nervous! For all I know they could be just loosing their baby feathers!

    I keep them in a storage bin with pine bedding. they have 24/7 access to food and water. I feed them duck feed and I let them swim in luke warm water at least twice a day. I also have a 125 watt heating lamp. they have plenty ventilation as well. I change the bedding everyday since it get pretty wet and dirty.

    *UPDATE* After I gave them a bath it is hardly even noticeable! I think they are just loosing baby feathers but i still want to know what you more experienced people think. Also any tips?
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Sounds like they are losing there baby fluff. and they can look a bit naked when that happens. Make sure they aren't too hot do you have a thermometer in their brooder? We had someone post a while back about having 2 Pekins in her dorm room and she had to give them up because they were so loud. I hope that doesn't happen with yours.
    Welcome to BYC!!
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/750869/raising-and-caring-for-ducklings#post_10611711
     
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  3. Ehchwi

    Ehchwi New Egg

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    Hi! No i do not have a thermometer... i should invest in one! i think you are right about their baby fluff... they grow up so fast!

    I live in a dorm but I keep them in my boyfriends apartment. Summer break is coming and my dad is making a duck house for them to stay in!

    Thanks for the link!
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Your welcome ducks are awesome pets enjoy yours and when you get time post pics we'd love to see them.
     

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