Whats with their heads?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by aplynn, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. aplynn

    aplynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2015
    Buxton, Maine
    So my local shelter had called me to take 2 ducks that were malnourished and in very poor shape earlier this month. I have always helped with chickens, rats, dogs, and cats when they need a little extra help before they could be put up for adoption. BUT never ducks.

    So onto the question, I got these babies about 4 weeks ago and at that time they were estimated to be about 2 1/2 weeks old but very sick. My first thought was Pekin Ducks, they are common easy to get and these guys looked like baby Pekin Ducks, but I did go into this knowing nothing but that I had sick ducks whom had never seen water other than in a shot glass full of poop and they were 2 1/2 weeks old.

    They have healed well and love to go swimming and lately when I put them in the tub, (I live in Maine it is still too cold outside) I have noticed the tops of their heads are getting darker, the larger one more so than the smaller one. At first glance my thoughts were, What happened to my ducks and how did they get dark bruises on their heads? But it has been over a week and 1/2 and the spots are getting darker and bigger, I was wondering if anyone could chime in that maybe I got the breed wrong or maybe there is something wrong with them.

    These are the pics of them a few days after I got them:

    See how nice and yellow their heads are

    And this is one I just took today:

    Whats that black on their heads?

    I just want to make sure they are not hurt or anything........
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I believe that they are muscovies and they are going to have dark feathers on their heads.

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