New Ducks No Fethers

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by K5MOB, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. K5MOB

    K5MOB In the Brooder

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    So we got two ducks from TractorSupply about 4 weeks ago.. They have been inside in large dog pin about 3ftx2ft. In the past week they have started loosing there feathers, at first i thought it was because they were about to lose the chick down and start to get feathers but now I am not so sure. When I got home today their back is mostly bald! We don't see any mites on them.

    What else could make them go bald?

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  2. Ruralhideaway

    Ruralhideaway Crowing

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    Sometimes big breed birds grow faster than their feathering.

    Otherwise, that's likely not really enough room unless they're outside all day, at this age they are ready for grass and exercise. I'd be careful about feeding them too high a protein feed as they are a bit prone to leg issues.
     
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  3. K5MOB

    K5MOB In the Brooder

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    We feed them all flock from TractorSupply, the girl said its better than the chick feed for ducks..

    We have not started letting the out yet but we can start.. This is our first duck adventure..
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    That's weird, tho I don't know ducks.
    I would think feathers would be coming simultaneously with down falling off.

    What brand and protein percentage is the feed?
     
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  5. Ruralhideaway

    Ruralhideaway Crowing

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    All flock is better yes. I think grass starts to become a real necessity too. Assuming your lawns not treated you could dig a sod chuck daily for them to pick at, good boredom fixer too in case that's from picking each other.

     
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  6. K5MOB

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  7. K5MOB

    K5MOB In the Brooder

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    The lawn is not treated, We also have goats and chickens outside.. We will just let them out in the yard starting tomorrow.. I need to build a tractor for them and they can stay outdoors after they have a house..
     
  8. slordaz

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  9. Miss Lydia

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    I’d keep them out of hot sun or they may get a bad sun burn.
     
  10. Fishkeeper

    Fishkeeper Crowing

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    What are they sitting in?

    Are any new feathers growing in at all?
     

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