Molting? Did I just screw up?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by SkyWarrior, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    I adopted a couple of Rouen ducks a couple of weeks ago. The lady whom I got them from said that they were laying eggs but stopped presumably due to the hot weather. I took them in and fed them waterfowl feed, which is basically flock raiser type of feed. I offered oyster shell and grit.

    Today I was surprised to see that they are molting. They seemed to be healthy, if still a little skittish. Did I feed incorrectly? Or is this just their time to molt? They're about a year old.
  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    A lot of things could have put them in a molt;
    The heat,
    Change of feed,
    The change of Protein in the feed,
    Stress, etc

  3. Snakeman

    Snakeman In the Brooder

    Jul 19, 2010
    I have Muscovy, Silver Appleyards, Rouens, Black Swedish, Pekins and 2 runners. As well as 1 Silver Appleyard/Khaki Campbell mix. I had thought they were done with the spring molt but they seem to be going through a light molt here lately. ALL of them except the Muscovy.(I have 5 of them) Taking the species into consideration, I have come to the conclusion that it has to do with the heat. The Muscovy being a South American bird and the other 16 being Mallard derivative.
    In your case, stress may also be a factor but I wouldn't worry too much. They should settle in just fine.
  4. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    Quote:Okay, so I'm not doing anything wrong, I guess. Is the higher protein food preferable for them or should I drop them down to layer ration? I am offering oyster shell.

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