Why is my Pekin turning yellow?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Hennyhandler, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    I have just realized recently that my Pekin is turning a creamy yellow shade on the head and body but not really on the wings. My Magpie is not showing these signs. I had heard awhile back about light doing this but I thought that was inside lights not natural lights. There is no other signs of illness or anything outside the norm. Thank you for any help.
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    Has your Pekin just been molting and is now growing back new feathers?? Or is it old feathers that are turning yellow?? When a pekin ducks has new feathers growing through they do have a slight creamy yellow colour about them- but they turn white again after a while.
  3. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    Too much corn will turn the feathers yellowish as well.
  4. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    probably corn, some feeds like layena have marigold in them too. makes the egg yolks pretty makes the birds yellow. I was told to add wheat to my birds diet to improve the feathers.
  5. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    Mine did the same thing, i think it was the flock raiser that caused it, it had a yellow tint to it for a while, now it looks like layen and they are no longer yellow.
  6. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    I have seen tons and tons of feathers around that are hers so that is a possibility and there was one time the other day that I gave them a handful of corn for the first time and that has been it so do you think that could do that to my ducky so drastically? I am also feeding my ducks flockraiser but that has been for awhile and I have seem no signs of a change beforehand. Any of these things seem more likely the culprit?

    Also, My ducks were born right around Easter so as of now when should they be put on layer? Should I move them over when they get closer to laying but before they actually do in prep or should I wait for the first egg? Thank you for all the help.
  7. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    The sun will also turn them yellow. All my Pekins, my white Runners, and my Sebastopol geese all have a yellowish tint to them. They're not getting corn so it has to be the sun.

  8. Edingerfarm

    Edingerfarm Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 16, 2015
    That MUST be my problem here! My ducks eat only corn and whatever they forage. I will figure out what they need to have to eat along with corn.Thank you!

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