losing duck feathers

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MyMonsters91, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. MyMonsters91

    MyMonsters91 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2015
    Is this what molting looks like? One of my female ducks are losing all her neck feathers. None of my other ducks are showing signs of doing so, I checked for mites/fleas/lice and saw nothing concerning, the skin isn't raw... I have no idea what's going on. If it was a wide range problem, you would think it would be showing up on my other ducks, and not just her, which is what is making me think molting.

  2. HannahDuckLover

    HannahDuckLover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2015
    By the jungle
    How many drakes do you have? How old are the ducks? This sounds like a problem I've run into many times when I procrastinate butchering all my young drakes, and they start practicing mating and tend to gang up on one female. Then they pull the feathers off her neck while trying to get a grip.

    I doubt it's molting, because they usually all molt at the same time (if they're the same age), and you shouldn't notice loss of feathers only on the neck.

    The picture doesn't look exactly like what drakes do, though...something doesn't quite look right. Maybe others have more suggestions.
  3. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2014
    It looks like she's getting in all her new pin feathers in that bald area, so I think it's just maybe an odd-looking moult.
  4. MyMonsters91

    MyMonsters91 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2015
    I have one adult drake, and 3 young ones that I haven't seen mating yet. I'm working on rehoming 2 of the younger ones, but nobody is taking them, even for a cheap $3 each >.> I doubt it's from over mating, the older one has plenty of girls to choose from. I've seen the back of their necks when they get over-mated (when I had 2 boys and only 3 breeding age girls) and the skin was raw on the back of their neck. This doesn't look like that, though.
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Hmm, could be an odd molt, and for her safety I would watch closely, as sometimes for unknown reasons drakes will pick on one poor female.

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