Should Muscovy Ducks have a dust bath?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Henrik Petersson, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. Henrik Petersson

    Henrik Petersson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read the oddest thing the other day, on a Facebook page; a lady claimed to have gotten the advice to provide her Muscovies with a dust bath, and that she often saw them dust-bathing i dirt, like chickens.

    I've tried to google for more info, without avail.

    What do you guys think? I always assumed they'd be fine with regular bathing...
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    When it comes to fowl, never say never, but in all of my near 75 years I have NEVER seen a duck of any sort dust bathing.
     
  3. Henrik Petersson

    Henrik Petersson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I thought! I started thinking that maybe the aforementioned lady doesn't give her ducks enough bathing water, so they start to dust bath as a last resort..? But that still sounds weird.
     
  4. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well giving ducks dust baths could infect there nares if they do not clean them out and then if infected it could spread to the crop and chest. I just don't see it as a good idea, For anyone reading , give your ducks bathing water and water deep enough to clean there nares.
     
  5. Henrik Petersson

    Henrik Petersson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I will not provide my duck with a designated dust bathing area.

    I'm happy I don't have to do that. The duck pen is starting to get crowded with bushes, roosts, the pond and various shelters.
     

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