Yellow feathers on adult Pekin ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by gwennym, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. gwennym

    gwennym Songster

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    Hi all ...

    I have 5 Pekin ducks, all adult, and I've noticed that at least 3 of the 5 have distinctly yellow feathers. I don't know if it's because they get their straw wet and lay on it, or what. Has anyone else had this happen?

    thanks
    Gwen

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  2. LilDucky85

    LilDucky85 Songster

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    Mine are just over 2 months and still have yellow feathers too. They appear to be getting whiter but are still yellow. They dont have straw or anything yet. I asked the guy at the feed store when they will finally turn white, and he said not until after they turn one year old.
     
  3. chixie

    chixie Songster

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    my pekin was all white way before a year old
     
  4. It could be genetics if it's just three of them. Also I read once that to keep a pekin white they shouldn't eat corn. Don't know about the straw, could be tho.
     
  5. ExpLo721

    ExpLo721 In the Brooder

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    my pekin was yellow for a good month or two before it turned white
     
  6. MDC

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    Actually the pekin should have a yellow/cream tint to their feathers. Breeders who show will actually feed more corn to Pekin than to their other birds to help with the yellow/cream tint, as well as keeping them out of direct sunlight. If they have it - it's not a bad thing at all!

    I'm talking feathers here, not to be confused with down which is also yellow in pekin.
     
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