Duck Curly Tail Feathers Gone?


8 Years
Feb 23, 2011
Crossville, Tennessee
My "drake" runner duck--his tail curls are now gone. "He" quacks (quietly) and I didn't see a you-know-what when I vented "him". It had the curly feathers on the tail and now nothing, LOL. Its like they just disappeared overnight.

I haven't seen it trying to get my hens either. I ended up with another dang hen, didn't I?

When I first got it I thought it was a hen because it was quacking but it had the male tail feathers. My hands were really shaky today, so its possible I didn't press hard enough to get the you-know-what to extend. I was afraid I'd hurt it.

Not the best picture but what do you think? I will get better shots tomorrow. i'll try and get a vent shot, if my hands cooperate.

I have never had runner ducks before so know, NOT MUCH! lol Its feathers are so stunning though--like a hummingbird the colors in them. Does it look hatchery quality? I got it from a lady in town and she has no idea about it.

You can see part of the curly feather on the tail.

thanks guys.


Broody Magician
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
May 3, 2009
New Jersey
He's a drake. Most likely molting and will regrow his curl. The bill color plus slight curl are what I base my opinion upon.

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