Is it too late in the year to molt?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by eggybritches, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. eggybritches

    eggybritches Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2009
    Central Florida
    One of my two month olds is shedding feathers like crazy. The pen is full of white feathers, and if I pick her up and set her down there are feathers everywhere. Is she sick or is she molting? I didn't think they molted in the winter but I honestly have no idea.
  2. 688peterl

    688peterl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2009
    i thought they got their teenager feathers then didnt molt again until 5 months when they got their adult feathers?
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I have young chickens @3 months, and I think some of them are going through a slow molt. I find quite a bit of feathers in the coop and run, and their tails don't look like they should. Other threads have talked about their chickens going through a molt at this time of year too... So if ducks are similar to chickens w/molting, then I'd say it's very possible.
  4. eggybritches

    eggybritches Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2009
    Central Florida
    So if she/he isn't molting, what could be wrong?
  5. Dances with Ducks

    Dances with Ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    One of my hens went through a molt last winter, January or Feb, I forget. She kept laying the whole time too! It seems to me they have at least partial molts all through the year. I don't know why one might be molting more than the rest at certain times, but I have seen it.
  6. DuckLady

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

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Miss Matilda Pekin Duck started a molt.

    With the temps in the single digits and below zero, the molting Miss Matilda and her sidekick, the blind Gramma Grey got to come inside for some spa time. Even with 2 heat lamps on them, they were having a hard time keeping warm enough to stop shivering.
    They are set up in the rarely used foyer of the house. This is the perfect place because it is cool, but not chilly and warm enough to keep them comfy without a difficult transition. They are on nice thick moving pads with absorbent towels on top. It is nice and sunny and hopefully they will give their accommodations a thumbs up. [​IMG]

  7. J.R. Pigman

    J.R. Pigman Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 11, 2009
    Huh. We have a female Khaki Campbell that is molting now. Shows how dense I am that it didn't register as weird.

    Any way I can tell if it is a problem or a coincidence? Seems like she got her adult feathers in June-ish and never did molt. Our drake did this fall, but the hen never did.
  8. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    her molt is not a seasonal molt, but rather the normal juvenile molt all ducks around 8 weeks go through. They spend all that tie growing feathers, then they lose them all and grow some more. lol. It's normal so don't worry. Just keep your duck from getting too cold, or getting chilled in the pool and she should be fine. (either keep her inside or fashion her a heat bulb in the coop. that should work fine)
  9. eggybritches

    eggybritches Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2009
    Central Florida
    I live in Florida so it's been staying pretty warm. Actually, we have the air conditioner on in the house, so I think he'll be alright.

    Thank you though, Nettie, I was worried. Silly new duck owners.
  10. sewsable

    sewsable Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 15, 2009
    Glad I found this thread, my 9 week old ducks have just started losing feathers so I wanted to check if it was a molt. Seemed a bit early to me, they'll be 10 weeks old on Thursday and they're big!

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