mallard losing color

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bigbird, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. bigbird

    bigbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My mallard hen is losing color in her beak. She is a cross with a Cayuga, and is about 8 years old. Her beak has always been black, but recently the tip has been losing color. Is this something that happens with age, or should I be worried? She is eating, drinking, and appears to be normal in every other way.
     
  2. Snipes

    Snipes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feel like as my mallards have aged, they have gotten a bit less colorful, and I have had the same question. Have you been deworming her? I am trying to determine if color loss might be due to a buildup of parasites as mine have never been dewormed and are 6.5 years old. I am actually getting some feed dewormer in the mail today so I can start testing that out! I will let you know if that seems to help!
     
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  3. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Overrun With Chickens

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    6.5 and 8 are pretty dang old. I wouldn't be surprised if they are losing colour coz of age.
     
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  4. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She sounds like she is just ageing and very gracefully might I add !


    Sorry just a pet peeve of mine she isn't a mallard if she has been mixed with something.
     
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  5. bigbird

    bigbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Correct! I should have said "mutt"! [​IMG]
     
  6. Snipes

    Snipes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm, maybe this experiment will not work. They are in a normal color change at the moment, and although they are looking better, it may very well be the change of season :/
    How is she looking now? Any bettter?
     
  7. bigbird

    bigbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, same discoloration in the beak. I'm out of town, but will take a picture on Monday when I get back. I'm also going to deworm her on Monday too. I'll give your experiment a try too.
     

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