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my ducks scratch themselves a lot

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DeannaMari, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. DeannaMari

    DeannaMari Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ducklings have been scratching a lot, like at toward their heads like dogs do, they will lay down and scratch at their heads. Is this normal?
     
  2. Apyl

    Apyl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, normal. :)
     
  3. ShayBaby

    ShayBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've realized ducklings tend to scratch at themselves a lot. Maybe it's the feathers coming in.. who knows? It seems fairly typical. You could give them a DE dust bath if you're concerned about parasites, and give them a supervised bath to let them clean off and flush out their nostrils.
     
  4. DeannaMari

    DeannaMari Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give them like an 8 minute bath in the bath tub everyday with me watching. I noticed they are much cleaner than chickens, so I thought maybe that could had be part of the reason, I just wanted to make sure it was normal for them. I don't want my babies getting sick.
     
  5. michellemcfeely

    michellemcfeely Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is a DE dust bath??

    quote name="ShayBaby" url="/t/769360/my-ducks-scratch-themselves-a-lot#post_10963952"]I've realized ducklings tend to scratch at themselves a lot. Maybe it's the feathers coming in.. who knows? It seems fairly typical. You could give them a DE dust bath if you're concerned about parasites, and give them a supervised bath to let them clean off and flush out their nostrils.[/quote]
     
  6. ShayBaby

    ShayBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Diatomaceous Earth. It comes in a dusty, flaky form (but dissolves easily for consumption, as well). Soft to our touch, great dust-bath-material, but is blade-like to buggies and will slice them up and kill them. It has countless beneficial uses; I recommend googling it. I even use food-grade DE occasionally in our human drinking water.
     
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    You might just take a good look (I would need my reading glasses) and see if there are any little bugs on them, but I agree that it's likely just the normal amount of scratching from feather growth and rapid development. Their skin may be a little dry, too.
     
  8. DeannaMari

    DeannaMari Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok oh. I'll take a good look when i get home, they never leave any bugs in the bath
     
  9. donaquijote

    donaquijote Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a full grown Pekin male and he is constantly scratching and biting at his feathers, and under his wings. Constant! Is this normal and if not, what do I do?
     

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