New Duck parent with a few questions

Cassie Collins

Chirping
5 Years
Apr 12, 2014
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I have 3 4 wk old ducklings. 1 Pekin Female; Kevin (from the movie Up), 1 Khaki Campbell Female; Rigby (from a cartoon), 1 unknown sex Magpie; Mack. I have had them for almost 1 mth . If u all wouldnt mind, I have a few questions. Why do my ducks sometimes sound like ducks & at the times they sound like Turkeys? My Magpie has developed what looks like 3 feathers growing n the same place. It looks like a mass is forming @ the base . Does any1 know if this will resolve itself or will the Vet need to be called? Thanks for any help !
 

Ren2014

Blessed Beyond Hope
5 Years
Jan 27, 2014
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I have 3 4 wk old ducklings. 1 Pekin Female; Kevin (from the movie Up), 1 Khaki Campbell Female; Rigby (from a cartoon), 1 unknown sex Magpie; Mack. I have had them for almost 1 mth . If u all wouldnt mind, I have a few questions. Why do my ducks sometimes sound like ducks & at the times they sound like Turkeys? My Magpie has developed what looks like 3 feathers growing n the same place. It looks like a mass is forming @ the base . Does any1 know if this will resolve itself or will the Vet need to be called? Thanks for any help !

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At 4 weeks old ducklings are just coming into their voices. You could be hearing the difference between girls who quack and boys who rasp:) Please post of picture if you can of the feathers you are describing.
 

Speceider

Songster
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Your description sounds like you are noticing the uropygial gland at the base of the tail.

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Cassie Collins

Chirping
5 Years
Apr 12, 2014
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Hello and :welcome   At 4 weeks old ducklings are just coming into their voices.  You could be hearing the difference between girls who quack and boys who rasp:)  Please post of picture if you can of the feathers you are describing.
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Sorry it is really hard to see. It's better when he is wet. It looks like 3 feathers have fused together & it is forming a little mass at the base. It is moveable, not fixed & doesn't seem to cause pain.
 

Ren2014

Blessed Beyond Hope
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Jan 27, 2014
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Sorry it is really hard to see. It's better when he is wet. It looks like 3 feathers have fused together & it is forming a little mass at the base. It is moveable, not fixed & doesn't seem to cause pain.

He is very pretty. Maybe someone who has seen this in their ducks will reply but I wouldn't worry since he is so young, loosing down and developing feathers.
 

Cassie Collins

Chirping
5 Years
Apr 12, 2014
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Texas
Thank you Ren :). I also have a Pekin. I love my duckies & this doesn't look normal, so I hope someone may have seen this before & will also respond.
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