Funny quacks & curly tail feathers

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Lucila, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. Lucila

    Lucila New Egg

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    I started out with 5 ducks, 3 Indian runners and 2 white crested. I didn't know anything about the crested at the time and the farm store didn't tell me anything unusual about their breed. I'd had a crested chicken in the past and assumed the ducks crest was the same thing, but it's not. It's a genetic deformality that's bred into them and the crest is a fat mass protecting their brains because their skulls don't close up all the way. So our duck, Blanc who has an abnormally large crest also has neurological problems and can't stand all the way up or walk as well as the others. But she works hard to keep up :) All of the ducks grew curly tail feathers except Blanc, she also has a very distinct "Womp!" Sounding quack. But now at 21 or 22 wks she/he has developed a curly tail feather! I don't know what to make of it, is it abnormal to happen that late?
    I've since gotten 9 more females (although one might be a Mr.) 7 cayugas, 1 mallard, and a big white one haha. I let them all out to roam and forage every day all day long with tons of space and they love it, but they are still going through a 5gal container of food a day. Is that normal or am I over feeding them with all the opportunity at foraging they have?
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  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    You might want to post in the Ducks section of the Forum, lots of knowledgeable folks there. Love that middle picture.
     
  3. Lucila

    Lucila New Egg

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    Will do. Thank you for helping me navigate!
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Lucilla, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! Hope you find the answers you seek!
     
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Love the pics!
     
  7. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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