Is my pekin duckling okay? black feathers on head

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Tarina-Rose, Jan 14, 2016.

  1. Tarina-Rose

    Tarina-Rose Out Of The Brooder

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    My pekin duckling appears to have some little black feathers on her head, is this normal?[​IMG]
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Are you sure those are feathers? Forgive me, but sometimes ducklings are so nervous about being picked up, folks don't get a real close look. Has anyone been painting? It could happen, that a duckling might get spattered or smudged. They can get into things.
     
  3. duckyday4

    duckyday4 Out Of The Brooder

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    It's hard to see in the picture -- do they look like feathers? because to me it looks like dirt, maybe paint like Amiga said, or even a little poop? ducks are so curious and will "investigate" anything that looks interesting to them. anyway, if in person you really believe them to be feathers, is it possible it is not a pure breed Pekin? Could it be a mixed breed?
     
  4. Tarina-Rose

    Tarina-Rose Out Of The Brooder

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    They are usually inside we are just transitioning them to the coop, I was worried he/she picked up an illness. They are definitely feathers, I think she may just be a mix breed :)
    Thankyou for your help!
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    P.S Sorry my Camera quality is very poor.
     
  5. Buck Oakes

    Buck Oakes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sorry to tell you this but somebody tricked you, u have two beautiful white Muscovies!!! They look both like girls already to me. But don't worry Muscovies are sooo affectionate and love their handlers.
     
  6. Buck Oakes

    Buck Oakes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Now I'm not for sure they are both girls bc I'm not there in person
     
  7. Tarina-Rose

    Tarina-Rose Out Of The Brooder

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    I just googled Muscovy ducks and I was surprised by all the red around their bills, if my duckies are Muscovies will they get that trait? :)
     
  8. nelleyoukai

    nelleyoukai Out Of The Brooder

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    They sure will :) I have some muscovies too which are starting to get their red bits, they're such lovely, funny personalities, lots of people think that the red around their bills is unsightly but personally I just love it! It gives character :)

    This is one of my 7 week old boys, so you can compare

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  9. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Male Muscovies get more of the red caruncles than do the females if I understand correctly.
     
  10. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, those look like Muscovies and the color they are as ducklings doesn't always match up to what color they will be as adults. Girl Muscovies get about as big as a pekin and won't have as much as a face mask as boy Muscovies do.
     

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