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Sick Pekin Duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ASieniar, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. ASieniar

    ASieniar New Egg

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    Sorry to bother everyone but I work near a lake and the duck that I love to come and see appears to be looking really sick.
    Her beak has changed colour from a yellow - orange to a very pale yellow and her feathers look like they have been plucked in some areas and are quite ruffled, slightly pinkish and lack the shine/ coat it usually has.
    She is still quite active however I am worried she might be sick. Is there any chance someone can look at the attached images and let me know what she might have / how to ensure she gets better?

    Thank you in advance!

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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    [​IMG] looks like she is going through molt, this is where they lose a lot of their last years feathers and grow new ones, It can take several months to complete and make them feel pretty lousy too, now there could be something else going on also hard to say by looking at a pic. A vet would be your best bet then, But getting her to eat some high quality cat kibble along with proper duck diet will help if it's only molting she is dealing with, she needs the extra protein which makes good healthy feathers. also dried meal worms are full of good quality protein, do you feed her or do others? a lot of diet these ducks get at parks etc is mostly bread and junk which isn't healthy and probably does shorten their lives considerably. Please keep us updated on her and I hope she comes out of this and looks and feels great again. Do you have any idea of her age?
     
  3. ASieniar

    ASieniar New Egg

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    Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly. I have been feeding her duck pellets from the pet store but will definitely try to cat kibble and meal worms. I am not sure about her age however if she gets any worse I think I will bring a vet in and will find out.
    Thank you again.
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    It is so sweet of you to care enough to buy her proper feed, It would be nice if others felt that way too, diet makes a big difference in how they look and how long they live, hopefully she is just going through molt and will be looking and feeling good again soon. When mine go through molt they tend to go off by them selves and look pretty ratty while going through this, So hopefully this is all your seeing, Please keep us updated on her.
     

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