Wet Feather

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 808ducks, Oct 18, 2019.

  1. 808ducks

    808ducks In the Brooder

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    Hi everyone! Thanks for all the help with my eggbound girl. She is super happy and healthy now!

    I wanted to see if any of you guys also have any experience with wet Feather? My favorite girl has had this condition since we got her - likely because the farm kept them in pens without access to enough water for ducks. She has gotten better than she was when we got her ( only her head would have enough oil on it to be water resistant), but it's been about a year, and I was hoping that her wing feathers would be coming in???

    I'm happy most of her is now water resistant and she can enjoy ducky things like swimming and hunting our guppies in the pond, but I wanted to see if any of you had an idea of how to help her get to 100%? I read they molt 2 times a year and you want to keep them out of the water while molting so their feathers can get set up- is this true? It rains here almost every day in the winter and she lives to take baths, so that's could be challenging...

    Here are some pics 20191018_074257.jpg 20191018_074307.jpg 20191018_074303.jpg
     
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  2. BReeder!

    BReeder! Free Ranging

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    following out of interest, but I cannot provide any advice. I hope the experts chime in.
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    She is molting and not wet feather...:frow
    Nothing to worry about..Let her bath and continue to do as usual. :frow
     
  4. Ratchnick

    Ratchnick Chirping

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    In Dave Holderreads book he suggests mites or cloged/infected oil gland as potential causes for chronic wet feather. Hope that helps.
     
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  5. KaleIAm

    KaleIAm Songster

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    I don't have any experience successfully treating wet feather. My vet told me to add a tablespoon of fresh ground flaxseed to our ducks food daily, so I've been doing that for over 9 months and it hasn't helped. She's finally molting after 2 years of horrible feather quality. I'm sorry I have nothing to say besides flax didn't help us.

    Can you tell me what breed your duck is? She looks exactly like my Plantain.
     

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  6. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Hold smokes....:eek:
    Highly doubtful...:frow
     
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  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Ephesians 6:13

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  8. 808ducks

    808ducks In the Brooder

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    Thanks, we checked those and she has tears of oil when she preens
     
  9. Ratchnick

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    Then if it were my duck i would treat for mites as they can be hard to see. Pyrethrum is made from Chrysanthemum, certainly won't cause any harm.
     
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  10. Jpat

    Jpat Free Ranging

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    Definitly check for mites!

    i picked up two horrible looking hens last spring. They were wet, tired, and beaten. Worst looking ducks i ever seen. They even stunk.

    i fed them water fowl feed with nutritional yeast and cat food on top, And fed meal worms as treats a few times aday. plus gave them a kiddie pool

    it took about 3 weeks before they whent into a molt, and about 6 weeks before they were presentable again. more protein helps them through a molt

    Goodluck! You have a very pretty duck!
     

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