Duck Breed Focus - Indian Runner

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sumi, Oct 3, 2015.

  1. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Overrun With Chickens

    Just a quick question, and it may seem silly: once Runners molt and display white feathers almost entirely, will they ever return to their original feather coloration (chocolate, black, ect.)? Oh, and do Blue Runners also go through this? I actually think the mottled look is gorgeous!

    -Alex
     
  2. Tevyes Dad

    Tevyes Dad Leader of the Quack

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    It is a progressive thing... Each molt they get a few (or a lot) more white feathers. I don't believe any of the white ones go back. My black and blue are 2 months younger than the other two and the black has changed the most so far...
     
  3. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Overrun With Chickens

    Interesting. Indi is just a baby yet, so I will find out eventually. [​IMG]

    -Alex
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I have seen some interesting changes. For a while, Zwei had what looked like a string of brown pearls from the corner of her eye to the back of her head - these tiny feathers had been white, but they came in brown.

    Sieben's all-white head changed to have little black feathers over her ears.

    By and large, the larger feathers remain white.
     
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  5. AimToMisbehave

    AimToMisbehave Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @Tevyes Dad and @Amiga that's actually SUPER EXCITING! I love the motled colors!!! My young adults are beautiful now, but your guys' are stunning!
     
  6. Tevyes Dad

    Tevyes Dad Leader of the Quack

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    OOOOOh! even better! When Noir's head feathers began to change that was the first time I really got to appreciate how little each one of those feathers are. With Dove (Chocolate) it was as real fun molt. Her feathers were so sun bleached that they were a salmon-tan but fairly uniform and then the new feathers came in deep chocolate brown and her new white shoulders.
     
  7. Tevyes Dad

    Tevyes Dad Leader of the Quack

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    Yay! more 'ling pics!!!! [​IMG]
     
  8. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Oh, those 'lings. sigh [​IMG]

    The chocolates' brown feathers bleach out to a coppery color. They come in closer to chestnut. So, yes, they can have a beautiful rainbow of colors - in addition to the shimmery purple-blue hues of their wing feathers.
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

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    They are just the cutest little things and so photogenic [​IMG]
     
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  10. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

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    And they've grown so fast!
     
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