Hunch-breasted mallard duckling. is this normal?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by BigKitty09, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. BigKitty09

    BigKitty09 Out Of The Brooder

    My 2 week mallard duckling has some really big jugs( large breast) and it seems un-proportioned with the rest of her body. It looks she swallowed a chicken egg and is harvesting it in her breast. For reference she is about 6-7 in. long. We feed her around 10 mini slugs (ranging in size but no bigger than a shelled sunflower seed) and maybe a worm or 2, whatever she eats from our grass which doesnt have fertilizers and a near endless supply of duck mash and water. She walks around fine and happy, but just wanted to make sure i wasn't over doing it. She also has grit should I be feeding her anything else? I wish I could post pictures so you could see what i was talking about....
     
  2. DancingHen

    DancingHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you post enough times you will be able to post pictures....or you can try using photobucket (I've heard that suggested). I think your duck is probably fine if its behaviors are otherwise normal...i.e. eating, drinking, pooping, activity level. Good luck.
     
  3. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like her crop is way full. If she is acting OK, then she must be able to resolve the impacted crop, however, I would keep an eye on her. If the crop gets impacted to the point that she will not eat, she will need a vet FAST.
     
  4. BigKitty09

    BigKitty09 Out Of The Brooder

    yikes! Is there a way to resolve this myself before that happens?
    Does she need to eat more grit?
     
  5. cbohn80

    cbohn80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if its what i'm thinking of almost all my ducks had this shape to them until they got a bit larger and filled out, all 8 turned out fine so i dont think you have anything to worry about
     

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