Duck feathers everywhere.... but no bald ducks (Pics)

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by FisherMOM, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    We have little duck feathers everywhere that the
    ducks go these days.... yet the ducks are far from bald!

    Is this normal? They are 9 or 10 weeks old.
    It doesn't seem that the feathers just drop off
    any time.. it is usually when they are drying off or cleaning
    themselves. Yet I took Gretchen to school yesterday for pet
    day at the elementart school, and she shed a fair number
    there too. One little boy said that I should sell them to the
    kids for 10 cents a piece! lol. I said, "nah, they're free!"

    Does anyone think it is a deficiency?

    My ducks seem normal... (as normal as Pekins can be! [​IMG] )

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    I titled this one.... "Getting your ducks in a row" Gretchen is in the middle.

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    the feathers are this size....

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    and here is a small sample of feathers on the ground.

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    Last edited: Jun 25, 2008
  2. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    They are molting
     
  3. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    I forgot to mention.. they are only 9 or 10 weeks old. they molt that young?
     
  4. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    They are 9-10 weeks old. I better enjoy my little ducks now then [​IMG]
     
  5. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    Pekins grow fast.. not sure about the ones that you have.

    They still have a little yellow fuzz around their beaks.They quack and squawk... all females. Lucky me! [​IMG]
     
  6. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
  7. scrapmom5

    scrapmom5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ducks (runner and Pekin) went through the molt at 10 weeks...it lasted a couple of weeks then ended. Once it ends the feather storm will end. From what I understand ducks and chickens will molt once before they reach their sexual maturity then they will molt once a year after that. It is a normal yet messy trait of fowls. If you watch you will see the wild birds in the area take them for whatever purpose they deem necessary.
     
  8. raindrop

    raindrop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is totally normal. Mine are 11 weeks and have been molting for a few weeks now, the males are getting more "grown up" looking coloration. I forget the exact names, but I read in Storey's Guide that ducks have 4 plumages, down when they hatch, then baby feathers, then adult non-mating feathers, then their breeding plumage. They go back and forth between the regular feathers and breeding feathers each year.
     
  9. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    Thanks!! I have looked and looked online for answers.

    I thought they were too young to molt.. but I guess not!
     
  10. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Totally normal.

    I have somewhere around 70 ducks and geese wandering around my farm. Every morning I go out there and it looks like a pack of dogs had mauled them all. But, it's just normal for growing waterfowl. There will be feathers everywhere.
     

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