Black female Cayuga developing white feathers

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mishmosh1970, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. mishmosh1970

    mishmosh1970 New Egg

    Sep 29, 2010
    OK, something very strange is happening to our black female Cayuga. At least we were pretty sure she was a Cayuga until several weeks ago. I started noticing a couple of white feathers showing up on her breast feathers. Now they are spreading all over. It's like she's become one of those rare Koi fish that change their colors overnight. We also have a black female Indian Runner, and they are BFFs, and have even displayed homosexual mating behavior. I've also noticed recently that they have duck mites. Could this odd change in feather color be due to stress from duck mites? This is our first time keeping ducks, and we've had this pair for about a year (adopted full grown), so I have no prior experience to tell me if this sort of thing is normal, or if there is something seriously wrong with this duck.
  2. tigerrrrrrrlilly

    tigerrrrrrrlilly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    ducks often get white feathers as they age.
  3. mishmosh1970

    mishmosh1970 New Egg

    Sep 29, 2010
    Good to know. That might also explain why she has become submissive to the younger Runner, and has stopped laying recently. We don't really know how old she is. We adopted her full grown about a year and a half ago from our local Waldorf school.
  4. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    Females, especially, tend to get white feathers as they age. Not only cayugas, but I've seen black runners get them, too. I think there's a link somewhere about female cayugas turning white as they get older.
  5. AquaEyes

    AquaEyes Chillin' With My Peeps

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