Feathers everywhere

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jayjay, May 25, 2012.

  1. jayjay

    jayjay Chirping

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    Hi all, this is probably a silly questions but when do ducks moult. My poor drake is loosing feathers everywhere. He does not show it to look at but there are feathers all over the pen. I have moved him recently away from his lady friend whos eggs are due to hatch. Is he moulting or anxious i wonder. He is his usual funny self, runs to me when i go in and has to have a peck while i'm giving him fresh water etc. He is a very happy little thing and shows no signs of illness at all.
     
  2. Apyl

    Apyl Songster

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    My Pekin and 1 of my Mallards are molting right now. They are 11 and 10 weeks old. I am assuming the rest of the crew is going to start any time now as well.
     
  3. jayjay

    jayjay Chirping

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    Thank you, thats put my mind at rest, i thought maybe he was molting. He is a call duck and very very funny must admit he is my favourite, he has such a personality and is a cheeky little devil. Thanks for the help.
     
  4. jessiduck

    jessiduck Songster

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    My buffs are around 10weeks and they're molting rapidly!
    I go to clean the coop and there's feathers, I go inside their run and more feathers!
    This is normal!
    Birds have different molt cycles for the different seasons!
     
  5. GoingQuackers

    GoingQuackers In the Brooder

    I have enough feathers lying around the area between the kiddie pool & the pen to make a new duck! I have 9 mallards that are 10 weeks old. It's definitely molting time!
     
  6. jayjay

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    Its so good to get advice from others. Thanks so much and i have the same feathers everywhere.
     
  7. Nsampsel

    Nsampsel Songster

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    My 2 drakes are just turning 3 months & have been molting a bit at a time for a couple weeks now. I can sit there & watch them pluck feathers after they bathe by the billful. We have all these feathers everywhere. The chickens of about the same age are also molting. So I REALLY have feathers everywhere!!! But no naked birds. They just lose them as the new ones come in.
     

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