Green on duckling's breast?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ritzquacker, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. ritzquacker

    ritzquacker New Egg

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    I just got three Magpie ducklings on Friday and I noticed that they have a small ever so light green smudge on their breast. It's definitely not the color of their feathers, as it looks like the green from a marker. Anyone know what this could be from? It didn't come off during their first swim...thanks!
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Could it be they were marked from the source of the sale?
     
  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Hatcheries sometimes mark ducklings with marking pen, usually for gender. Did you order all females?

    If the ducklings came from a breeder, sometimes breeders use marker to differentiate parentage for a few days before they band.
     
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