Waterproofing Problem in Duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Muscovy Man, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. Muscovy Man

    Muscovy Man In the Brooder

    Jul 5, 2009
    Paonia, CO
    One of my male Muscovy Ducks, Ping, is having problems repelling water off his feathers (water isn't sliding off his feathers the way it should) when he takes a bath [​IMG]. Once he gets out, he is soaking wet and it takes him a long time to dry his feathers. Also, I am concerned about the cold, since it is going to be winter in a month [​IMG].

    Do any of you have suggestions about what I should do?
  2. MDC

    MDC Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    Actually it's probably just his old feathers being worn from being, well, worn for a year! They are notoriously ugly this time of year! I'm surprised he's not molting, most of my birds are about 1/2 to 3/4 through their molt for the year.

    Feeding a good quality feed with BOSS (black oil sunflower seeds) is a good idea to help improve feather quality.
  3. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

    Jul 9, 2008
    How old is he? I agree with muscovy. My oldest drkae ( 10 ) and oldest duck ( 2 ) have problems with repelling water sometimes. Just have to boost up the feed quality and make sure they get their own bucket.
  4. Muscovy Man

    Muscovy Man In the Brooder

    Jul 5, 2009
    Paonia, CO
    He is almost a year old now. Also he is a pure white Muscovy and he has yellow patches on his feathers (I think it is from rubbing his oil gland and then getting it elsewhere on his body.) But what do you think?

    I will try out your suggestion on the sunflower seeds though and yours too Goat_Walker [​IMG].
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2009
  5. rainplace

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  6. priss

    priss Songster

    Sep 13, 2009
    Isle of Wight
    This is molting time? I had no idea, it makes so much sense though, mine are shedding so much I was worried they'd be bald in a few weeks. And doogie's yellow patch has been explained to me now too. You guys are brilliant.
    I hope your muscovy gets better, I wonder if anyone has invented a duck wetsuit?
  7. Kats

    Kats In the Brooder

    Sep 14, 2008
    Finger Lakes, NY
    My drakes are nearly all a horrible mess at the moment. They get soaking wet when it rains, don't dry out when they take a bath, etc. The ducks aren't so bad. I think it's just the time of year.

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