What's happening with my 3 year old Saxony duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Ducklover3449, Mar 31, 2017.

  1. Ducklover3449

    Ducklover3449 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone! I have a drake Saxony duck. He is about three. Whenever he swims, his feathers are not oiled and his down feathers are showing on his underside, with no oiled feathers on top. What could be going on? He also has angel wing and somewhat patchy plumage. :(
     
  2. QuackSpeak

    QuackSpeak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could he be molting? Other than that, I have no real advice for you.. Here are some people that might be able to help:

    @Amiga
    @casportpony
    @Miss Lydia
     
  3. Ducklover3449

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    Thank you! I think molting may be the case, because I can see stubs of new feathers coming in. Thanks
     
  4. QuackSpeak

    QuackSpeak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay good! [​IMG] Glad he's okay!
     
  5. Gayle Ambrosini

    Gayle Ambrosini Out Of The Brooder

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    My Saxonys are molting here in Indiana and they look like hell. lol
    If you're worried about the oil check his gland and clean it with a warm cloth. Maybe rub it a little and see if you get a greasy finger.
     
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  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Sounds like someone is due for a molt. Some of my ducks will have tatty, faded feathers for several weeks or more before they molt. It is also possible there is a problem with the preen gland, a.k.a. oil gland.

    You can look through the archives for information about that - it's a gland on top of the back near the tail - it may be infected, or just not up to snuff. I would give the guy some vitamins in his water, consider massaging it with coconut oil, maybe let him have time in a tub of lukewarm water.
     
  7. Ducklover3449

    Ducklover3449 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you everyone for your replies! I think molting may be the case. I guess he's just molting a bit slower than usual.
     
  8. Ducklover3449

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    What does the gland look like? If there is a problem what should I do? Where do I get vitamins for his water? He does preen like the female, but his oiled feathers doesn't turn out like hers.
     
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  9. Ducklover3449

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    Lol and thank you! I can see stubs of feathers growing around his breast
     
  10. Amiga

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    The gland looks like an odd-shaped bump, almost a mole, near the base of the spine. Vitamins can be found online or at many feed stores.
     

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