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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lynss94, Dec 5, 2015.

  1. lynss94

    lynss94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay so, I just brought both my girls in for the night. As Ollie was walking past me I noticed something that I have not noticed until just now. I'm concerned. It doesn't look infected (yet) and it doesn't appear to hurt her as she will let me touch it.

    Oddly enough, it looks like the same exact thing is starting to occur at the exact same spot on the other side. What is it?? Nowhere else is affected but the two sides. It is almost like she is pulling them out herself. I've seen her pruning a bunch in these areas.

    I don't know what it is but I would appreciate anyone's help.

    Thank you!

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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Have you seen your other duck preening Ollie? sometimes they will do things like this. If you suspect it was your other duck you can put some Blue Kote on her and it will help heal and also disguise the wound, it it is Ollie doing it to herself use the blue kote too. If she can't see it real well she may forget about it.Makes me think of a hot spot on a dog, they just get an itch or something and it worries them so they keep chewing on it.if you don't have any blue kote handy try some coconut oil for tonight just gently rub it in it may sooth it and get some Blue Kote, get the one with the dauber instead of spray because that stuff as great as it is gets on everything if you use the spray. the dauber is much better.
     
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  3. lynss94

    lynss94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why would they do this? The never have before. I don't recall seeing Pepper pruning Ollie but I know I have seen her pruning herself in this area. It is just hidden behind the feathers until you move it away.
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I have no idea boredom, obsessiveness maybe lack of a certain nutrient just hard to say.My drake use to worry me because he would chase his tail like he was obsessed with it. Thankfully he finally got over it. Might try adding some poultry vitamins to their water and see if that helps but the Blue Kote will definitely disguise the place and my take her mind off of it.
     
  5. lynss94

    lynss94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would she stop laying eggs if she was stressed or lacking and certain nutrient? She seems to still be laying like normal. I will have to get some of that stuff tomorrow. Where do you purchase it?
     
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    lynss94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, will it burn or sting her?
     
  7. Miss Lydia

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    Tractor supply has it.
    she may not stop laying if she needs certain nutrients but stress can cause them to stop laying, do you think she is stressed by something in her environment?

    I have always given my flock vitamins especially at certain times like molting or when they begin to start laying again in spring and during winter months instead of the usual 1X a week I give them a couple times a week and during molt every other day and on off days they get ACV in their water. You might try adding some small dog kibble to their treats it has good quality protein which is good for feathers. [Get a good quality] ACV is a great tonic of our birds and us. 1-2 Tab 1 gal of water. Hard for them to find good quality protein this time of year with all the bugs gone.
     
  8. lynss94

    lynss94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She has laid her eggs like normal with the exception of a few colder days, they're large over 3.0oz eggs, very strong, and hearty feeling. Knowing my ducks and knowing their personalities she hasn't been acting abnormal at all. Neither one of them. I don't think it is stress but of course I could be wrong.
     
  9. Miss Lydia

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    That's good, I don't think stress either if she is laying good and they will have times when they don't lay to rest their bodies. So try the Blue Kote and some Vitamins what is their day like do they get out and forage around or are they confined to a run? It could just be she has overly preened herself and the cycle needs to be broken. She'll be a little purple for a while but if it breaks the cycle then it's worth it. I have had many a chicken with purple on them where someone got carried away with the preening. You checked her over for mites?
     
  10. lynss94

    lynss94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two eggs this morning when I let them out so I really don't think that it is stress. I have not checked for mites. You're going to have to explain how to do that because I haven't the slightest clue. They both drink and swim out of their pool, is it safe to add the vitamins to that source of water?

    This is where they roam for the day until it gets time to come inside at night.
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