Wet Feather

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Vickers58, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. Vickers58

    Vickers58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any advice on treating it?

    Our runner came to us in bad shape and I realize now that wet feather is one of her issues. It is pouring rain this week and starting to chill a bit so i dont' want her to get cold.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I think I have read different understandings of wet feather. Some attribute it to mites, in which case I would first give her a chance to have as many lukewarm baths as possible, and consider the least toxic way to discourage the mites.

    Another thing that happens is malnutrition. In that case, I would be adding flaxseed meal and dry cat kibble to her diet, for omega-3 and other nutrients, including D, and protein for.

    Love always makes a duck healthier, in my experience....[​IMG] by the way

    And is she getting ready to molt? That does it to my ducks. Right now Romy just finished broodiness, and she is starting to look a tiny bit shaggy around the edges, with less sheen and water repellent. She is on track for a molt.

    And I am putting flaxseeds in the food, along with a dash of calcium gluconate and dried mealworms, with the occasional boost of kibble.
     

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