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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chickenpie1990, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. chickenpie1990

    chickenpie1990 Just Hatched

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    I just noticed on one of my little ducklings it has a lump the size of a 5pence peice on its back just above its tail .. could someone tell me what it could be ??
     
  2. Cherib603

    Cherib603 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pic?
     
  3. chickenpie1990

    chickenpie1990 Just Hatched

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    Sorry I thought I put one on

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    These are the best pictures I could get sorry.. it's the grayish bit just above the picture.. where it looks a bit bald
     
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  4. chickenpie1990

    chickenpie1990 Just Hatched

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    Does anyone know what this might be? I'm a bit worried
     
  5. Cherib603

    Cherib603 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it where the oil gland is? How old is your duckling?
     
  6. chickenpie1990

    chickenpie1990 Just Hatched

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    I'm not sure I'm new to all of this .. but I've Googled it and it looks like it is its just above the tail feathers.. roughly 2 weeks old
     
  7. Cherib603

    Cherib603 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never seen that, but I hope someone comes along who has. Maybe @Amiga knows who will know.
     
  8. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    It does seem to be near the oil gland (a.k.a. preen gland) - I cannot quite make it out . . . so it may just be the preen gland, or it could be an irritated or infected gland, or possibly something else...sometimes there are ingrown feathers, or feather cysts, I think they are called.

    Has the little one been outside, where it could have gotten stung? Does the duckling quickly whip the head around to peck at or preen around the site?
     
  9. chickenpie1990

    chickenpie1990 Just Hatched

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    Yes they're kept outside as of 2 days ago in the shed I let them out but keep an eye on them when they are but I haven't really noticed to be honest if he whips his head around. I have 7 of the little ones and they just seem to all bunch up and cutch down when I'm there. Will give you an update tomorrow if I notice anything and have spoken to the guy in the animal feed shop
     
  10. Amiga

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    I would rub a tiny tiny dab of olive oil on the gland, or at least put a warm (not hot) compress on it for a few minutes while gently holding the little in your lap. Watch out - they do jump! So keep a safe grip on the wee one.
     

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