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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by nanaluvsgps, Dec 29, 2012.
What breed of ducks? I would think preparation techniques would vary from breed to breed.
You feed them a quality diet so that they have good plumage. Some colors need to be kept out of direct sunlight so they don't fade.
Ducks bathe themselves. Give then clean water and let them play in it, then put them someplace over night where they won't get dirty.
It's possible that you might have to trim toenails a few days before the show and always treat for mites before a show. Your birds won't be allowed into the show building if they have bugs.
What do you use to treat for mites?
Hey, nanaluvsgps, good to see a post from you! Far from a silly question, that. There are many who show their ducks.
One of the many advantages of waterfowl is they're self cleaning. Give them access to clean water & they'll get themselves ready. I used to show East Indies-I'd hold them by the wings with my left hand & spray them with a hose held in my right hand. Put them in a clean pen & they'd preen & groom themselves.
Do you mean "groom" as in "to make neat or attractive [an impeccably groomed woman]" or as in "to prepare for an objective [He is being groomed to take over the company]"
Because I've always wondered how much handling you had to do with a duck to keep it calm during an event.
Duckyfromoz trains her show ducks so they wont be as stressed.
i use a dust i got at TSCit gets rid of all exo skeleton insects (lice mites ticks fleas etc) i use a sifter to sprinkle it on their entire body i do it 1 every 2 weeks to keep the critters off.its called Di trimatious earth.
I use diatomaceous earth in my chooks nest boxes, but use ivermectin if they have an out break. My ducks seem imune to parasites and diseases but today my drakes came down with something and im not sure if he will live or not. I came home and he was lying on the ground not moving fast asleep. When he woke his wings were droopy and he was very slow at walking, just before I game him some water out of the hose (he drank on his own will) then he had like a seizure or fit that lasted like 5 seconds and he couldn't stop shaking. We put him in the bathtub and sat their with him but when he started to doze off we took him out.