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How long does a molt last?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Wifezilla, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    My Indian Runner (Chrissy) is molting. How long does it typically take for a Runner to complete a molt? (I figure the molt is why she isn't laying eggs yet.)
     
  2. crazy cat lady

    crazy cat lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know about runners, but the female pekin I had before the raccoon got her and her brothers this last Spring, I never she was going thru a molt other than by all the feathers I saw here and there inside their house. I never saw any bare spots on them.
     
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Well, Chrissy has no bare spots, but every time she preens and every time she flaps her wings after getting out of the pool, feathers fly. My back yard looks like there was a pillow fight in it. She has only lost a few long feathers. Most appear to have come off her chest. If new ones are coming in like they are supposed to, she shouldn't look bald....not that you would think that by how my yard looks...LOL
     
  4. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    my fawn and white runner seemed to molt for maybe a week and a half? two tops maybe? And there were tons of feathers... now my brown runner only molted like three feathers... lol... go figure... You should try cleaning up feathers in the house... My ducks are known as the spoiled brats of BYC, and they hated being outside when they were molting.... My sunroom it connected to my house so the feathers flew all over my front room... I think there's still feathers behind the TV. lol
     
  5. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I have picked up the bigger feathers and I am putting them in a bag. I figure once I get enough I can put them on craigslist and offer to trade the feathers to someone who makes fly fishing lures for some worms for the girls [​IMG]

    The little downy fluff, however...LOL

    I can see how you would still have feathers behind the TV [​IMG]
     
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  6. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    My muscovies take about two weeks, depending on their size.
     
  7. imfowl

    imfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After about 2 weeks you will notice them not losing anymore feathers. I have never seen a bald spot on my ducks while they were molting. You will just notice that it looks like a pillow exploded in your yard.
     
  8. DuckLady

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    You will see new feathers coming in on the wings when they are done. Ducks don't molt like chickens. They never lose all their feathers and run around naked.
    The flight feathers are the best indicator of a molt, besides the feathers all over the place.
     
  9. Wifezilla

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    My husband just noticed the feathers all over the yard last night. It is even worse today. I need to take a picture. The funniest part is when Chrissy is walking around with loose fluff all over her beak. It looks like she is eating cotton candy [​IMG]
     
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  10. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    lol, my runner would eat that fluff... i think he thought it was cotton candy. lol... Is her pattern changing at all from what you can tell? It seemed my fawn/white runner got darker and his pattern changed a bit...
     

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