Do drake feathers grow back?

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  1. FluffTheDuck

    FluffTheDuck Duck love is recognizable in any language

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    My male Pekin drake is 1 year 7 months. At least around that age. He "grew out" of his drake feather when he was 1 yr. Now a couple days ago he decides to grow it back.

    Also another one of my Drake's has 6 drake feathers... He literally keeps getting more. He started with one, two days later three, then four, five and six.

    Is this normal?
    Thanks,
    Fluffy
     
  2. FluffTheDuck

    FluffTheDuck Duck love is recognizable in any language

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  3. Texag87

    Texag87 Crowing

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    Our drake lost his feather months ago. According to @Magnolia Ducks , that has not effected his fertility rate. She says all seven in the bator are fertile.
     
  4. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw Wrangling Ducks

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    Yes, they’ll grow back. Some drakes have multiple curls.. My Campbell drake has 3, and my call has 2... Totally normal.
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Ephesians 6:13

    My 3 yr old Runner grows one then loses it out in the property then later grows one again and loses it again so right now he hasn’t one. My young 4 month old Runner drake has 2 and so far has managed to keep his. LOL. Aren’t they funny.
     
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  6. DuckyDonna

    DuckyDonna Free Ranging

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    One of my drakes lost his a few months ago and it hasn't grown back yet, I'm hoping it will. My other 2 drakes and nice ones! My old drake Sheldon never had one.
     
  7. quackiemama

    quackiemama Free Ranging

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    Same here. Leonard lost his drake feather in the spring when he went through a molt. Still hasn't come back and it has not affected him at all.
     
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    All Drakes will go into eclipse and lose the Drake tail curl and lose Drake plumage colours. They are not hormonal during eclipse. With Pekin you don't notice unless you pay attention to behaviour and molt patterns.
     
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  9. Magnolia Ducks

    Magnolia Ducks Crowing

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    Yep eclipse doesn't seem to effect fertility. Bandits eggs in the spring always had at least two unfertilized. fall eggs are all fertile. I need to join a hatch along.
     
  10. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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    In addition to the full molt when they go into eclipse, they may also go through a partial molt, but not full eclipse, and also lose the drake feathers.
     
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