Pale bills

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by cms7352, May 18, 2011.

  1. cms7352

    cms7352 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    We received 2 extra ducklings in our order. Two of them when they arrived didn't look great so I thought oh they must have looked that way before shipping. Now a month and a half later they are doing really well. The only problem is that 2 have super pale bills. I' ve read this is a sign of heart problems and that they should be culled. Does anyone have experience with pale billed ducks?
    Thanksgiving
     
  2. cms7352

    cms7352 Out Of The Brooder

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    That was meant to be thanks at the end spell check added giving... sorry!
     
  3. ZoeS95423

    ZoeS95423 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what kind of ducks are they?
     
  4. AdamD77

    AdamD77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are Pekins, Aylesbury's have pale pinkish bills and have been crossed quite a bit with Pekins. Maybe yours are showing an Aylesbury trait? Not sure about this heart problems thing, someone with experience will have to comment on that...
     
  5. cms7352

    cms7352 Out Of The Brooder

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    They are pekings. We have 7 ordered 5. 2 of them have very pale bills but their feet are a normal orange color. Is that common with the sign you mentioned? Will they survive?
     
  6. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Frankly, I wouldn't worry about it. If they are acting healthy and strong, then they're probably healthy and strong. If you see problems later, then you can address it then, but I would personally never "cull" (in the sense of kill) a bird based on color. On the other hand, for breeding purposes I probably would NOT include them in my breeding plans--not just for health reasons, but because they would pull the resulting birds further from breed standard. That is one form of "culling" that I would agree with in this case.

    I suspect they are just fine. Hatchery stock is usually not carefully bred to type and all kinds of color variations can occur. And if they do end up with heart problems, then you'll know and can deal with it then, but there's no sense in borrowing tomorrow's trouble.

    Good luck with them--I'm sure they're providing plenty of entertainment. [​IMG]
     
  7. PortugalBreeder

    PortugalBreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Almost for sure that means they are females, but and when they start laying they will loose even more color, most of the time is nothing to worry about.
     
  8. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    The pale beak does not mean its a girl.....The pale beak is the Aylesbury breeding within the duck. I have hatched out a few this year. Dont worry anout it, its just the character trait of the duck.
     
  9. PortugalBreeder

    PortugalBreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:In ducks from the same breed (that descend from mallards) females always have paler beak.
    Obviously, you can't compare between different breeds and have the same conclusions.
     

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