My female runner has spots on her beak! What is this?!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kattastrophe, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. Kattastrophe

    Kattastrophe New Egg

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    My female indian runner duck has spots on her beak, i've read about dehydration causing it but she's always near water overnight in the house and all day she's in the pond in our pool? I'm just wondering if it's serious or not & what's causing it! Thanks! :)
     
  2. tndrhrt

    tndrhrt Out Of The Brooder

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    I'd like to know too. A Rouen we just adopted has it also.
     
  3. AvianEgo

    AvianEgo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its just pigmentation. Nothing to be concerned about
     
  4. harriedhomemaker

    harriedhomemaker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Perhaps this from the Metzer Farms FAQ page will help:

    "What causes the black spots on my duck's bill?
    Black spots on the bill and legs are due to melanin skin pigment. They are normally present (not harmful) but are covered with yellow colored xanthophyll pigment absorbed from feeds containing corn, alfalfa and other feed ingredients containing xanthophyll. In mature breeder ducks, after they have been laying eggs for awhile, more xanthophyll is absorbed by the egg yolk than the duck can consume in her feed. The bill and legs start showing melanin skin pigment due to the bleaching or fading of the xanthophylls."

    http://www.metzerfarms.com/FAQ.cfm#BeakSpots



    The spots look normal to me. [​IMG]
     
  5. Kattastrophe

    Kattastrophe New Egg

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    Thanks! :D
     

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