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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by RitzyBud, Nov 18, 2014.

  1. RitzyBud

    RitzyBud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all, I have 2 female Saxony ducks and 1 male and 1 female Cayuga duck, I live in Maine and we've already had our second snow...high during the day is around 44f and at night its usually 25-31f My ducks have been in the barn in their pens since November first with a heatlamp on 24/7 today I had to unplug their heat lamp for a few hours so I could plug the electric fence in to keep my cow in check. I just plugged their heatlamp back in (6pm EST) and unplugged it around 3pm, I went out to the barn when I plugged their lamp in to feed everyone and make sure everyone had water and noticed all my female ducks have these saggy pouches that hang down on their chest, the male duck does not have this and the females didn't have them earlier. I am not a duck expert and frankly wasnt even prepared to have ducks as I know nothing about them. Why do they have these pouches? I picked one up and felt it but theres nothing in it, its not gushy or hard, it just appears to be skin. Are they dehydrated or did they just get cold or is this part of their egg laying process??? (My cayuga once had this pouch and 2 days later I had my first egg) Any advice would be appreciated...I'm quite worried about them
     
  2. RitzyBud

    RitzyBud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone...??
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    When my ducks are laying they look pretty chubby down around their lower body. so it is probably just their bodies getting ready for laying, Do you keep fresh water and feed out for them during the day? as long as they can eat and drink I wouldn't think they'd be dehydrated. What temps are you keeping them at with heat lamp?
     
  4. RitzyBud

    RitzyBud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they have food all day and I change their water 4 times a day, more if the bottom,need cleaning. I cant find a picture of what it looks like anywhere so if they still have the pouches tomorrow I will take photos....or maybe I should go out tonight and do it. If they stand up straighter you cant tell, its when theyre crouched lower to the ground when its noticeable
     
  5. RitzyBud

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    The pouches look like this on their breast but they hang down more....im going out to take photos now other wise i'll get no sleep over it
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Now that's the look of a drake. the pouch of the mature egg laying ducks is down further. They may freak out if they are asleep in the dark.
     
  7. RitzyBud

    RitzyBud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] The ducks were not participating and the gander was trying to murder me, but this shows the pouches well enough I think.
     
  8. RitzyBud

    RitzyBud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] This one was decent as well
     
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    This is what they normally look like.
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    This one looks normal the first one makes me think they have very full crops, but have you tried asking on the threads for these 2 breeds?
     

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