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Help? When do ducklings feather? NOW WITH PICTURES

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by eggybritches, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. eggybritches

    eggybritches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two of my runner ducklings are nine days old today and I noticed a bump on each of their backs right above their tail. It looks like they may be sprouting feathers, but it almost resembles a baby cutting teeth. There is a feather growth coming out of a hole in their back and it is kind of freaking me out. At first I thought they were hurt, but they are both in the exact same spot.

    Are they starting to grow their feathers? I didn't think this happened for quite a while. They are just babies!

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    So is this feathering or is there something wrong with them?
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2009
  2. DuckFanatic

    DuckFanatic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is their oil gland coming in, its perfectly normal, anf don't worry, I was freaked out my first time too! [​IMG]
     
  3. eggybritches

    eggybritches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my goodness. Thank you so much. I was kind of freaking out. [​IMG]
     
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Oil gland. Relax [​IMG] Your ducks are normal. Well, normal for ducks. Ducks are kinda goofy in general....
     

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