Pekin ducklings with red rash under neck, along the spine and on wings

emilytb

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My two week old ducklings are having some skin issues. First it looked like They had wet feathers and I assumed it was from mites because I was getting bites on my hands after handling them. I put diotanaecous earth in their bedding and rubbed sum on their backs and increased their water play time. They started to look better but now ( 4 days later) one has redness all down his spine And another has this same sore redness on his neck. There is also redness on a few or their wings. I feed them non medicated starter grower feed mixed with brewers yeast. When they get a bath twice a day I mix in greens with water. I also put electrolyte/vitamin supplement in their water. What could this soreness be from? Maybe over crowding because they are still in a tote? Over heating or maybe some parasite? And help would e greatly appreciated!
 

Amiga

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emilytb

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It's around 80F and I use a mix of straw and cedar chips. I change it in the morning and evening but they get it pretty dirty in between. I'm moving them to their coop/run this week and starting to let them hang outside in the run tomorrow because its finally warm enough. I stopped using the DE today to see if they were reacting to that. Here's a pic of what the look like about 20 minutes after a bath:
 

emilytb

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Well I also have khaki Campbell's and runner ducklings that are just fine. I keep one pekin duckling with the Campbell's and runner because he is so small and I just noticed he is starting I have some sort of reaction as well.
 

Amiga

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If the other ducklings are darker it may not be as easy to see a skin reaction.

To be on the safe side I would switch out the cedar.

That may not be it, but it seems a fairly straightforward change to make.
 

emilytb

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Thank you for the input everyone. I really appreciate it. I switched their bedding to straight straw for now. I also unplugged their heat lamp because it is plenty warm in the house and put a little fan near their totes to get some air flow going. I just noticed a few minutes ago that their bellies are a little corse and darker in color. Hopefully that too will clear up with these changes.
 

Amiga

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At the same time, they do start losing fluff and getting the beginnings of new feathers pretty early, so it could be a combination of skin irritation and that part of their development. I just don't like to assume that everything is normal.


If they have fresh water and food 24/7 at this age, proper temperature, good ventilation without cold drafts, and a safe relatively dry spot, then most of the bases are covered, I think.

Good night.
 
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