Force molting?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by JStark, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. JStark

    JStark In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2009
    I have no idea about this concept, just that Holderread's book recommends it. If this is an offensive topic, I apologize. I just want to make sure my ducks are treated right, and they are about 15 months old now, and I get 2-3 eggs a day from my three. So, what's best for them? Force molt, to give them a break? Or, wait and see if they do it, themselves?
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I've always been advised that forcing molts is harder on them than them taking their time to do it themselves. You can lose birds forcing molts more so than letting nature do it. My 2 cents!
  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    They will slow down laying when they need a rest, usually when the days get shorter.

    Forced molting is usually done for high and longer egg production, so if that is not your intent, it is not necessary.

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