Personal Hygiene Problem in Duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Muscovy Man, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. Muscovy Man

    Muscovy Man Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 5, 2009
    Paonia, CO
    One of male Muscovy Ducks, General Lee, is having a problem with his personal hygiene. When he takes a bath he only gets his head and neck wet, while the rest of his body is dry. His pure white plumage is now kinda light brown, since one time he took a mud bath. But this is the WORST PART!! He has old poop stuck around on his anus and has over time turned into a huge brown mess. I tried to get it off but it is stuck on there and he doesn't do anything to get it off himself.
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    Do you think I should give him a bath that he really deserves?
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2009
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Yup..i'd try to bathe him..
    Have fun..hehehehe.. [​IMG]
  3. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    i have a disabled silkie that gets daily brushing and weekly baths, she has a bad leg. when you give him his bath, kind of look over his legs, wonder if he might have problems preening proper;y?
  4. Duck Keeper

    Duck Keeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2009
    Out in the Boonies
    Muscovies are a little more 'shaggy' because they don't play in water as often as mallard-derived breeds, right?

    But I do think you should get that junk off. [​IMG]
  5. Muscovy Man

    Muscovy Man Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 5, 2009
    Paonia, CO
    You guys may think I am crazy but I think I just discovered why General Lee doesn't take baths [​IMG]. So did what thought was best and gave him a bath. So I put him in the kiddie pool and he immediately jumped out soaking wet. Then I picked him up and did the same thing with him but he jumped out of my hands and went scurrying away to a safe distance from the pool.

    I now believe that maybe he is Hydrophobic of deep water and what is funny is that he is the 'tough guy' (hence the name) of the flock [​IMG]. He does have his pure white plumage back after his forced bath. Also when I bathed him, he didn't seem to have problems preening properly.

    He still only gets his neck and head wet and however you guys can figure out solutions about a duck that is 'Hydrophobic.'

    P.S. He is not afraid by being sprayed by the garden hose, though.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2009
  6. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    my ducks hated their kiddie pool. It took them a looooong time to get used to it and wouldn't bathe... if it becomes a problem, you could always throw him in the tub once a week so he stays clean... my ducks also hated the hose, so i had to do that. at least with the hose he can get wet, and as long as he gets wet, he can get clean/preen.
  7. Le Canard de Barbarie

    Le Canard de Barbarie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    Quote:My muscovy drakes do that also, especially when they aren't feeling well or they don't want to become chilled. However, every one that exhibited that behavior will also bathe in the pond or kiddie pool when conditions are right.

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