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Do ducks go gray when molting?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Number1Sticky, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. Number1Sticky

    Number1Sticky Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 18, 2010
    I have a Welsh Harlequin Drake that looks like he is going gray. But the lady I got him from said he was only a year old when I got him and I only got him in April. So unless she lied about his age, he’s not that old. Also all his curls on his tail are gone. He is losing a lot of feather, but his face looks gray not like the feathers are gone, but gray. Is he just molting?

    Thanks for any advice!!!
    Here are some pictures of him:
  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    All of my males are doing this too. I believe this is called summer eclipse. Alot of breeds of ducks do this. They will get their color back when they need to attract a female in the spring.
  3. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2011
    Southern Maine
    This is totally normal. Ducks tend to get their adult feathers around 3-4 months old. Then they molt (loose their adult feathers). This is why his curly drake feather is gone. He will be that way for a few months (some of mine are going through it right now) then he'll grow his pretty adult feathers again. They do this 1-2 times a year.
    So she probably wasn't lying to you, he's just molting : )

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