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Duck behavior during molt---?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Nebraskagirl, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. Nebraskagirl

    Nebraskagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My one year old Welsh Harlequin female is in full molt mode :) She quit laying sometime late last week and I saw a couple feathers droppings so I figured the absence of eggs was due to molting. Now she is losing feathers like crazy; along with my nearly five month old ducklings who are also molting. I noticed this morning the ducks were not in a big hurry to leave their pen like usual. They did eventually venture out a bit to forage, but they mostly stayed close to their enclosure. The mother, Shirley, is eating and drinking and moving fine, but she seems a bit "off." Not as active, not foraging as much. Is this typical behavior during molt? (I got her late last spring and I have not experienced a full molt with her like I am now. The amount of feathers she is losing is quite a bit.) Any advice or tips would be appreciated. Also will she begin to lay again or is it too close to autumn and shorter daylight hours for that to happen?
     
  2. Speceider

    Speceider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    think about it....when ducks molt, they are extremely vulnerable....in the wild they often do not forage for the 3 weeks it takes to replace their primaries...she is being totally normal....she need to complete her prealtaernate and prebasic body molts before she is ready to lay again.

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