Is Pekin too thin??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Jill102, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. Jill102

    Jill102 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 23, 2009
    Hello there! I'm a new duck owner so please forgive me if this is an obvious question. I searched previous posts but am trying to find out how to determine if my ducks are a healthy weight. Both of my ducks, a Pekin and a Pekin-Crested, were rescued from less than ideal conditions a few weeks ago. The Pekin-Crested, in particular, was malnourished and quite thin. I was told you could tell by the breast if a duck is underweight. His chest doesn't dip in so much so now that he is in a clean living space and eating well but I can still see a bit of an indentation there. The female has always been healthier and I never considered her underweight, in fact, I worry about the opposite! But today, I snapped a photo and noticed she too has a faint indentation there. Perhaps this is completely normal? Any tips on how to determine if they are a healthy weight? They are fed Mazuri Waterfowl pellets. Based on the table in Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks, I've been feeding them a total of 1lb (half a pound each) divided into two feedings. Though, I can't be sure if they're equally splitting the food, of course. [​IMG] You might be able to see the indentation I'm talking about in this photo. Noteworthy - this is not visible from a front view. THANKS for any advice!!

  2. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    Some of my ducks have an indentation like that, though not as pronounced. They have never been hungry a day in their lives. Others may have something different to say about your photo.
  3. txredneckmedic

    txredneckmedic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    She doesnt look bad to me....but mine are also fat and get fed as much food as they want. I go through about 50lbs of feed every 2 weeks for 4 pekins, and 9 chickens.
  4. LoreenH

    LoreenH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2009
    Someone in another thread called it 'duck cleavage'. [​IMG]
  5. Jill102

    Jill102 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 23, 2009
    "Duck cleavage" is hilarious! [​IMG] Do most folks free feed their ducks?
  6. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    I think it depends on what they have access to. I feed mine in the morning around 9 or so and then in the evening around 5. They range around the yard foraging throughout the rest of the day. When it starts getting really cold, I'll probably leave more out for them.
  7. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

    Jul 9, 2008
    The soundest advice I can give is this :
    Healthy Ducks Have Boobies.

    I mean they dont have to be C's or D's, since then they would be an over wieght duck but a nice little pair of A's Should work just fine [​IMG] [​IMG]
  8. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
  9. Willowbrook

    Willowbrook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2008
    western PA
    Well, if they were thin, you've done wonders with feeding them. They look very healthy and as they should.
    I agree with the others that said that ducks should have boobies!
    A good duck is a Rubenesque duck! Even my exhibition Runners have cleavage.
  10. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    Hugo is SO HANDSOME!

    Plump breasts on a duck are a good sign.

    My ducks have free access to their feed, but they only eat it when they run out of bugs and tasty greens to eat.

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