new duck gets feathers stuck on bill

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by featherfriender, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. featherfriender

    featherfriender Out Of The Brooder

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    New Pekin duck has down sticking to her bill frequently ,even had to pull feather out of a nostril.I don't see discharge,she looks healthy,has access to plenty water and can submerge head. I wonder if she is sick... I got her about a week ago from a big poultry farm- he has free ranging birds and at night shelters in huge barn...was pretty strongly ammonia scented but otherwise ,ok. Ungodly amounts of rain here,lately,too. Should I worry? The other duck is still fine...we got the new downy nose to replace our duck's partner who was killed by neighborhood dog. I did hear a chicken sneeze, tonight so starting to worry
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    When my ducks get down feathers on their noses, they either are just a random feather from preening, or they have been feathering a nest.

    How does the rest of her look?

    ( I may not be able to follow up tonight - I need to turn in shortly, but those are my first thoughts.)
     
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  3. featherfriender

    featherfriender Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh,no attempts at nest building,either.She looks 100% fine.
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    She may be getting ready to molt.
     
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  5. duckluck

    duckluck Dulcimyrh Ducks

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    I have one white Call male who has a small feather on his bill every day of the season when it's not winter and he's bathing a lot.
     

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