Do Ducks Moult the Same as Chickens?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Chickie Mamma, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Hello, I was just wondering if ducks moult the same way as chickens? I have noticed that my crested duck has been losing alot of feathers. At first I thought something may have grabbed a hold of her, but I notice that they seem to come out while she is cleaning herself. Diet issue? They have been eating the same all last summer and this winter. Just wondering? [​IMG]
     
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    Yes, ducks molt. Mine are molting right now, my Khaki girls look kinda rough.
     
  3. Yes they do! My Harlequin stopped laying and went into a molt at the end of January. I've read about them doing that, but would like to know more myself. Like is there a typical month that happens, and how long before they start laying again?
     
  4. xfilesnumber1fan

    xfilesnumber1fan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine have stopped laying and breeding...My boy mallards have no green heads right now and no flight feathers either! My yard looking like a feather duster..6 birds makes alot of feathers!!! Guess I should rake the yard...[​IMG]
     
  5. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Thanks for the replys.. This is the first time I have seen this. The duck was born last May and has not molted yet so I guess I was not expecting it. She looks fine (minus some feathers), eating fine, and acting fine so I guess thats what it is. Its not that warm here either, still 30's at night and 40 - 50 during the day. I am going to need to rake the feathers up soon too.. [​IMG]
     
  6. xfilesnumber1fan

    xfilesnumber1fan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are last year babies too..So this is my first time with the major feather loss,Its is still pretty cold here too at nighte but they started molting weeks ago!
     

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