Duckling feathering stages

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Mccluckers, Nov 18, 2014.

  1. Mccluckers

    Mccluckers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there I have two call ducklings

    1 is 12 days old and the other is 10 days old

    They seem to be getting some feathers on their back if you part the fluff you can see them. They are chocolate coloured( they are chocolate bibbed) but I do understand this if quite early to be getting feathers. They have have their baby tail feathers for awhile but that is just like normal fluff with a quil are they getting their juvenile feathers already? They are already part waterproof as they go for a swim every morning. Oh boy they do stink my bedroom out!!

    Thanks
     
  2. Mccluckers

    Mccluckers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does nobody know?? Miss Lydia you normally know everything!! Lol
     
  3. Amykins

    Amykins Overrun With Chickens

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    They usually hatch with rudimentary tail feathers, so that's normal. But they should still definitely be all fuzz at just 10 days old! Are you sure what you're seeing is true blue pin feathers? Do you have any photos of it?
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I'd post on the cute and cuddly call duck thread, I know duckling begin to get their feathers pretty quick and don't think anything is wrong but since i don't have Calls it would be best to talk to those who do like Going Quackers and learycow. Also Amykins has a call duck. Amykins to the rescue. [​IMG]
     
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  5. Amykins

    Amykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Here's what Wobs looked like around 10 days. Maybe more like 2 weeks, I'm not too sure, but it was around there somewhere.

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    The first sign of pin feathers appeared on his head and chest between 3-4 weeks of age, you could feel little pricklies when you pet him. The feathers themselves didn't become immediately noticeable until he was 2 months old, when his tail and wings began feathering, by then he looked like a little porcupine! I've heard of some duck breeds fledging as early as 2 weeks, some as late as 3 months, but id Wobs is any baseline for calls, I'd say expect pinfeathers in the next couple of weeks at the earliest.

    EDIT: I re-read your original post, and I missed the part where you said you could only see it if you parted his fluff on his back. I think that's fine, it's still a wee bit early, but I wouldn't be surprised if one or two of his follicles jumped the gun a bit! :p
     
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