How long does it usually take for ducks to grow all their feathers?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by shaylabailey, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. shaylabailey

    shaylabailey Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 2, 2011
    Rhode Island
    Just curious since my ducklings are growing them already. Does it depend on the breed too? The runners seem to be growing faster as well as the Harlequins. The Pekin seems to barely have any feathers yet.
  2. Luciesbuddys

    Luciesbuddys Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2011
    My Pekings took for ever to get feathers!!! they were old enough go out side and they still didn't have feathers they had completely out grown the brooder. I ended up putting them out side while they didn't have all there feathers because they couldn't be in the brooder with out sitting on the water and food.
  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    My 2 week old Appleyards are covered in pin feathers (they look pretty silly). My 3 week old Swedish are simply fluff with not a pin feather in sight.

    Same diet, same care, same brooder temperatures. So apparently, nobody told the ducks about the feathering schedule.
  4. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    They will get their teen feathers in and start to look good you thin they are all done. Nope, they will molt those teens and get their adilt feathers in. Takes about 4 months or so.
  5. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    I think it depends on the breed. The wild mallards I see get all their juvenile feathers at about 8 to 10 weeks. But, like Gofasterstripe says, they will eventually molt those and get their adult feathers in about 4 months or so.
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  6. MommaOrp

    MommaOrp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2011
    Derbyshire, England
    My aylesbury and khaki campbell's are 7 weeks and they have just started gaining some teen feathers, they look quite funny, they look half n half [​IMG]
  7. Sore Thumb Suburbanite

    Sore Thumb Suburbanite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2011
    orange county
    like gofasterstripe said... they completely feather in about 8 weeks...then you start to notice lots of feathers in the yard and realize they are moulting those new, perfectly good feathers out! I had no idea this would happen and I can't wait for them to stop looking like scraggly, loosefeathered sick ducks and look normal again.

    My fawn and white runner and 2 hybrids are 12 weeks and mid moult I think. I think they will be done at 15 weeks because they start developing the ability to lay eggs at about 17-20 weeks and can't make feathers and eggs at the same time. I put my ducks outside permanently at 6 weeks because they had most of their feathers and didn't seem to care about staying in a warm place anymore.

    In any case, these animals sure grow fast, In a matter of months they are full fledged adults capable of making their own babies.
  8. Countrypunk92

    Countrypunk92 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2009
    Portland, tennessee
    Yea, They grow all out 8 weeks, AND molt and grow more, But in that 8 weeks, do not expect to know your genders because some of the males wont have a drake feather until adult feathers, And of course, You could sex them by their voice.:]
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  9. shaylabailey

    shaylabailey Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 2, 2011
    Rhode Island
    Thanks so much; so should they be allowed to swim when their teen feathers are done growing in, or when the adult feathers do?
  10. Howard The Duck

    Howard The Duck New Egg

    Aug 25, 2013
    I have 4 Pekins coming to me and I am in North East PA on Lake Erie. It will get cold here soon and I need to know how ild they need to be before I let them outside. As far as feathering for Pekins do they take longer?

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