Drake Hasn't Molted In A Year

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by GardenerGal, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. GardenerGal

    GardenerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi folks, One of my 10-year-old khaki Campbell drakes seems to be stuck in his "eclipse" plumage. While his "twin" brother molted and grew fresh plumage, this old duffer hasn't and though his body plumage is fine, his wing feathers long ago got ratty and broken.

    He lives with other ducks and a gander, who all have molted normally. The only thing I can think of is that he had an injury a year ago (the gander mounted him... 'nuff said) but he seems fine now. I wonder whether that injury may have shocked his system enough to delay molting. He gets plenty of protein.

    Any ideas?
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2012

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