How can you tell???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by FarmerBoy24, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. FarmerBoy24

    FarmerBoy24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Moreno Valley Ca
    My Biology teacher told us if we see a WET duck don't go near it, it's sick. Now if u get waster and put it on a healthy duck the water with slide right off. She said because of the oils. Is this true?
  2. laceynoelle

    laceynoelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2009
    Um, not sure. I know perfectly healthy ducks can play in the water long enough to look 'wet' but if you run your fingers in the opposite direction of which thier feathers are facing, theyre quite dry and warm. Ive also had sick ducks perfectly dry. I dont think really sick ducks would be wet, because they dont feel like going in the water. It might be a sign that the oil gland isnt functioning properly too. Hahaha, so agian, this comes back to not sure. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2011
  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    I think your biology teacher is repeating some old wife's tale she heard somewhere and mistaking it for fact.
  4. Rosecomb-Ryan

    Rosecomb-Ryan East Indie Crazed

    Apr 12, 2008
    Sacramento CA
    No, When birds are not in good feather condition they do get wet. I have bought birds that werent in good feather and they would get soaked. But once they molted they were perfectly waterproof.

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