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Weird wild duckling

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by desertdarlene, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Could it be a coincidence that 2 ducks would have a feather like that? he is a cutie I hope that is trouble. and hanging out with headless ducks is cool too. [​IMG]
     
  2. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It could be a co-incidence. I actually will know better when everyone gets back in their dress costumes again. The other duck that looks similar is very distinctive-looking and acting compared to Trouble during breeding season. Trouble had only recently gotten that weird feather. You can kinda see it in the other photos I took before.

    I haven't seen this duck on land, yet. Trouble has those long legs and skinny body.

    If this is him, then he's changed very quickly. I know it can happen because his brothers are changing fast, too. But, this seems too much of a change to be him.
     
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  3. Frank Phinster

    Frank Phinster Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would say that these changes are too dramatic to have taken place inside of ten days - the last picture you took, his juvenile plumage was barely complete, and this bird is already getting his nuptial plumage, plus his bill is yellow. In my opinion this pictures shows another duck.
     
  4. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah. That duck in that last photo is the only one I've seen that's close to Trouble's size and was hanging out near the family. All the rest are so much larger except the gadwalls. I'm hoping he's just hiding somewhere. Last I saw him, he was getting pretty far from his family. He had a duckling body, but an older duck's mind. He might be in an entirely different location if he's still alive.
     
  5. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found him! He came when I called his name. But, I think he's sick. He was sneezing and I can see that the corner of his eyes were swollen. His left eye was really bothering him and he kept scratching and rubbing it. He lets me walk right up to him and if I sit down, he comes right up to me. I don't know if that's because he's weak or he just trusts me. He has good balance and co-ordination and doesn't seem overly tired.

    We're having an algal bloom at the lake and I wonder if his habit of going out in the deep water has caused him to get algae into his eyes and sinuses. The lake water is usually pretty clean and I've even seen sick birds from elsewhere get better after being at this lake.

    Here he is with his left eye closed. He was having a problem with his left eye when I last saw him, too, when the algal blooms were just beginning.

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    His right eye is only slightly swollen and seems irritated:

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    This is after several minutes of rubbing and scratching his eye. I tried to stop him, but he seemed not to be able to help it:

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    He has good balance and co-ordination. Here he is showing me that he now has all his wing feathers. He's also grown about 20-30%;


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  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    He looks very healthy other than his eyes. Too bad you can't spray some Veterycin in them that would help alot. He does look like he has grown .
     
  7. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, he probably would let me do it, too. I'm just hoping his immune system will get everything in order. I will keep an eye on him in case he really gets sick to the point where he's not functioning well. I'm just glad I found the right one this time. I don't know where that other one I posted about last time went to.
     
  8. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I saw him today, but I wasn't sure because he was in an unusual area hanging out with other ducks not much older than him. He almost let me pick him up, so I'm almost positive it was him. I didn't take a picture, but wish I had. His eyes were totally clear and he looked completely healthy. He definitely has another breed of duck in him as he still has a lot of white on his belly, but it's most like one of the domestic ducks rather than a gadwall.
     
  9. Frank Phinster

    Frank Phinster Chillin' With My Peeps

    I actually didn't think that he would make it so far, it's good to read that he is doing wellm but I do hope that his condition is not inheritable by possible offspring, in my opinion a spreading might lower the fitness for the local duck population.
     
  10. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You never know. I'm guessing many ducks don't breed and there's lots of competition with the males. He still very small, but not tiny like he was. There's a little male call duck at the lake and he's about the same size, a little larger, than him.
     

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