Is something wrong with my WH drake?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by allergymama, Sep 25, 2015.

  1. allergymama

    allergymama Chillin' With My Peeps

    249
    7
    73
    Apr 26, 2014
    Michigan
    [​IMG]



    At the beginning of June, I could not tell my two WH drakes apart. The one in the crate had to leave us for another home...let's just say they were a little to randy to have 2 drakes with our 6 girls. But, it's the best pic I have of what they looked like up close. The second pic, the one on the grass, is the one that remained. He started losing his coloring in June. I assumed he was molting, but it can't be going on this long, can it? Is there something wrong with him? Everyone else in the WH flock seems just fine...we have a second "flock" that kind of keep to themselves (they all swim, bed, and eat together, 1 Khaki drake, Roeun female, Pekin female) and no issues there either. He is not acting like anything is wrong.
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2015
  2. allergymama

    allergymama Chillin' With My Peeps

    249
    7
    73
    Apr 26, 2014
    Michigan
    [​IMG]
    Not sure why it won't load this picture, too...
     
  3. allergymama

    allergymama Chillin' With My Peeps

    249
    7
    73
    Apr 26, 2014
    Michigan
    How long do they typically molt for?
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

    22,983
    1,958
    471
    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Seems like my Runners take nearly a month to shed and regrow feathers. Gosh, I am not entirely sure, as I have not written down the dates. I ought to do that next time. How's things today?
     
  5. allergymama

    allergymama Chillin' With My Peeps

    249
    7
    73
    Apr 26, 2014
    Michigan
    He still looks the same. It's probably been almost 3 months. I didn't really pay attention to the date in the beginning because I thought it was just him doing a regular molt. I swear it looks like he is turning into a girl!
     
  6. cymbaline

    cymbaline Chillin' With My Peeps

    451
    34
    128
    Jan 31, 2012
    central WV
    That sounds fairly normal to me. I looked back through my duck pics and my mallard boys looked pretty girly by the beginning of June and they are getting back to their regular male coloring now. Every year in late spring they molt into eclipse plumage and then in the fall they get their pretty coloring back.
     
  7. allergymama

    allergymama Chillin' With My Peeps

    249
    7
    73
    Apr 26, 2014
    Michigan
    Thank you for looking! I will keep an eye on him to change with the trees :)
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by