Pekin Age / Rescued Duckling

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Khota, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. Khota

    Khota Songster

    Jun 4, 2017
    Well, some jerk decided to dump two ducklings at a river park with an 8:2 male to female ratio of grown ducks. After confirming I was allowed to take them, when I went back to retrieve the babies a day later, the smaller of the two (A buff duckling) was gone and Im assuming one of the drakes drowned it trying to mate with it, or a predator snatched it since I looked all over and it was nowhere to be found. This pekin duckling has missing feathers on its head from said drakes messing with it, and many of the grown female ducks are visibly mangled with tons of missing feathers.

    I'm assuming it's maybe a month old and a half to two months old, but a more accurate guess would be awesome haha. It still only cheeps and makes no adult noises. I'm not sure of the age because if my other pekin is anything to look at, they shoot up in size much quicker than other ducks that I'm used to looking at. It has a lot of its feathers, but its tail area is still mostly down and as is its neck. Its wings are also still very small and is mostly consisting of pin feathers.
    Sorry for the cruddy shots, the duck wasn't feeling like cooperating lol. But in the first picture you can see where its feathers were ripped off its head on the side.

    I want to assume the two ducklings were the same age, as they had similar feather development, but the buff duckling that I wasn't able to find was about half the pekin's size.
    Any tips for keeping a rescued duck? I don't intend on letting it associate with my other ducks until I'm sure that it doesn't have any noticeable issues/diseases. I'd really appreciate any advise I could get on how to treat this ducky.
    It's also making a whistling noise when it breathes, and it has access to clean water to dunk its head and has been doing so, so I'm doubting that anything is lodged in its nares.
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  2. happy duck

    happy duck Crazy duck mom

    Mar 24, 2018
    Small town
    My Coop
    Maybe a month or older. Good luck with those ducks.
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  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Aww such a cutie. Bless you for rescuing that lil one.
  4. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

    Jan 8, 2017
    Awe. :love
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  5. Julie Birb

    Julie Birb Ducks win

    Mar 22, 2014
    Very sweet duck who also happens to be so cute.
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  6. PekininNola

    PekininNola In the Brooder

    Mar 10, 2018
    C7DC8BF4-0FD6-4B06-939F-1A33926E0D89.jpeg 6D195DA6-EB1B-4E48-93BD-2C6BBDFF9C02.jpeg A4F229DD-49FC-4AA8-93A3-F54D0416B732.jpeg 875F2101-42B1-46FB-8D53-DE683084174C.jpeg I have about month old pekins also and does anyone know if this is normal?
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  7. haileyeverhart

    haileyeverhart Songster

    Sep 21, 2014
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  8. PekininNola

    PekininNola In the Brooder

    Mar 10, 2018
    Oh good. I’m new to this learning as I go. Thank you.
  9. Nyla

    Nyla Crowing

    Jan 3, 2017
    Northwest, Indiana
    Looks to be around 2+ months old. My pekins I had looked like that at 2 months. By 3 months they had their wings almost fully.
  10. Stephluv304

    Stephluv304 Chirping

    Apr 5, 2018
    West by God Virginia
    My lil guy is close to two months old between 6-7 weeks and yours in the pic looks to have a bit more feathers so I would say two month range
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