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Contact Dermatitis


Contact dermatitis can be very serious for ducks, as they depend on their plumage for warmth and protection. The health of the bird's skin is influenced by several factors, which include nutrition, environment, and proper immune system functioning.


Reddening of skin
Feather loss
Crusty skin
Skin lesions


  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam
  • Bacterial culture
  • Antibiotic susceptibility testing


MethodMethod Summary
Supportive careIsolate the bird from the flock and place in a safe, comfortable, warm location (your own duck "intensive care unit") with easy access to water and food. Limit stress. Call your veterinarian.
AntibioticsType is dependent on the specific pathogens and combination involved.
Diet managementConduct a diet analysis to assess the current nutritional status of the duck. If imbalanced, modify by feeding a commercial feed designed specifically for ducks.
AntioxidantsProvide the bird with additional vitamins and echinacea


  • Do not expose ducks to any chemicals that they could possibly ingest, inhale, or come into contact with their skin or feathers.
  • Feed a nutritionally balanced diet, that does not include bread


Risk Factors

  • Imbalanced diet
  • Exposure to grass fertilizers

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