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Rice breast

Postby awc16 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:56 pm

Cleaning a spoony from todays hunt and found out he had rice breats. This is the first duck i have found with this condition. This got me wondering how many of you guys have got any rice breast ducks this year?

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Re: Rice breast

Postby Eurowig » Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:16 pm

First year without a rice breast duck.

Last year I had about 7-8.

Hunted Yolo a few years back and 3 out of my 5 ducks had it :fingerhead:
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Re: Rice breast

Postby awc16 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:22 pm

That's crazy 3 out of 5. I would be pretty mad is that happened to me.

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Re: Rice breast

Postby spoonysmaker » Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:27 pm

I usually shoot at least 5 a season. Usually always teal or spoons.
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Re: Rice breast

Postby Dukslayer26 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:36 pm

I shot a greenhead in Oct that had it. First bird I ever shot with rice breast :thumbsup:
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Re: Rice breast

Postby Southcan » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:25 pm

Haven't seen one at our club in the south grasslands yet this year. Last season we had 1 or 2.
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Re: Rice breast

Postby Rem887 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:40 pm

also my first year with no rice breast cases. previous years I would have about 3 or 4 per season
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Re: Rice breast

Postby Duck_Popper » Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:43 am

I haven't shot one this year either.
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Re: Rice breast

Postby WackNstack530 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:57 am

I had one wigeon, I shot last week, that had it. Nothing else yet.
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Re: Rice breast

Postby JonD » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:04 am

I shot a spoony early in the season that had it and a bull sprig last Sunday that had it.

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Re: Rice breast

Postby berdnird » Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:49 am

Last year I had about 5 birds with rice breast. Nothing the year before and nothing this year. I've shot about the same number of birds for the last few years. Makes me wonder why some years it's more prevalent and some years I don't see it at all. :huh: :huh:
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Re: Rice breast

Postby DUKHNER » Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:11 pm

I've had about 5 this year. All spoons and sprig. I get at least 4 or so a year.
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Re: Rice breast

Postby greenomics » Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:06 pm

None so far this year. I had 5-10 last year, including 4/7 from a hunt at Delevan!
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Re: Rice breast

Postby darkwater27 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:10 pm

none yet this year, but I've shot quite a few less birds this year, but spoonies out of Yolo have been the most common to have rice breast for me.
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Re: Rice breast

Postby spoonysmaker » Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:14 pm

greenomics wrote:None so far this year. I had 5-10 last year, including 4/7 from a hunt at Delevan!


It could have something to do with the fact there's a lot less rice fields flooded this year.... :huh:
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Re: Rice breast

Postby SFGregS » Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:36 pm

Nothing this year, but i am guessing thats because my overall bird numbers are down. Come on weather!
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Re: Rice breast

Postby SmackinTheQuackin » Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:56 pm

First year with none, but when I hunted grizzly a lot, I saw my fair share of rice breast birds, usually spoony, but I can remember one sprig that had it too
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Re: Rice breast

Postby blugoose » Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:58 pm

None this year because I haven't shot any sprig or spoons. Mostly geese this year and have never seen it in a goose. They say you can eat them but I'm not eating s bird with a parasite in its meat!
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Re: Rice breast

Postby vanover » Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:08 pm

2 mallards last year and 1 spoon. This year i have hardly shot any birds, but the ones i have did not have rice breast.
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Re: Rice breast

Postby LeakyW8ers » Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:29 am

My tally is up to 8 birds now. The first was a Mallard on opening weekend, 2 green wing teal, 4 spoons, and for the first time ever a hen scaup. I couldn't believe it when I saw it, but she had rice breast. Not a lot of it and the cysts weren't as large as those in the puddlers, but it was there. I was shocked because in my experience I've never seen a diver with rice breast, but had read it was uncommon but can occur.

The past 3 hunts 3 birds out of 11 had it.

This is probably the best article explaining rice breast I've seen. It always comes up first on a Google search.
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Re: Rice breast

Postby berdnird » Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:53 am

Thanks for posting that Leaky. That was a good article. :beer:
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Re: Rice breast

Postby Calikev » Fri Jan 10, 2014 1:54 pm

We have had 4 this year. All went in the trash. That stuff makes me cringe. Another reason why I breast out the birds these days as I can't stomach the thought of consuming that crap.

I thought maybe because it is a low water year we would see more of it but it seems to be on par with previous years. I've had it almost every year now for the last 10 it seems.

I find it more common on the mallards I shoot but we have found it on a shoveler as well. I've never seen it on a teal.
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