Pekin ducklings have yellow feathers?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by shelleyd2008, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    These guys are getting feathers on their tails and wings. They look like they are coming in yellow? What gives? My older ones got white feathers when theirs started coming in! Is this normal?
     
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator~~~ BYC Store Support Staff Member

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    Sunlight will affect the yellowness in the feathers of white ducks, as will what they eat. Feeding a lot of scratch or corn will affect the color, too. I always feed some corn scratch at night when it is cold. WHen we had all the snow here, I realized how yellow my white ducks are! [​IMG]
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:wow! interesting!..thanks for the info..(even if it wasnt for me...[​IMG]..).., Wendy
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    These guys are still in the house, and all they are getting is flock raiser (20%) mixed with chick starter (18%) with brewer's yeast mixed in. My pekins that are outside are very white, if there were snow on the ground they would blend right in!

    Could it be the lack of sunlight? They have only been outside once, and that was today. They weren't out long cause it's still pretty chilly. They are 4 weeks old.
     
  5. DuckLady

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    Oh they are that young....They still probably have underlying yellow down. They will molt those first feathers and white ones will come in.
     

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