I've had ducks before -- runners, pekins, and rouens. We didn't currently have any in the flock but I got a call earlier this week about 2 pekins needing a home and couldn't turn them down. They were supposedly both the same age and both "Spring 2009 babies". The owners knew nothing about them (didn't even know what breed they were, just that they were those white ducks). So knowing "those white ducks" were pekins I made sure it'd be okay with them if both were drakes that we ate them and they had no problem just wanted them rehomed. And I fully expected them to probably be drakes since pekins are sold straight run and isn't that ALWAYS how it goes?! So... I went to pick the ducks up this morning. And they don't look too hot. First of all, they're not even close to the same age. One is obviously mature -- probably really was a spring 2009 baby -- but the other is still young and not even feathered out yet other than her/his wings. They're passing pitch black feces, they both have a black, sticky looking coating along the inside edge of their bills (which makes me think they've been eating their feces??? ) The younger one has some sort of buildup around it's eyes. None of the symptoms seem to match any of the major duck illnesses I've read about and I've never had any of my previous ducks fall ill. So I'm hoping someone else has had experience here and can shed some light? Help!