my mallard drake now looks female

chixie

Songster
10 Years
Apr 6, 2009
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kountze texas
I had 3 mallard drakes... one was killed by dogs ... now one lookes like a hen... his green head is nomore... he even lost his little curly feather... he is a year and a half old...why did this happen? i thought i was crazy...
 

ChickenToes

Songster
11 Years
May 14, 2008
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NE Wisconsin
It's completely normal for drakes to lose their breeding plumage. He's in his "eclipse" plumage right now, where they resemble females.
 

chixie

Songster
10 Years
Apr 6, 2009
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kountze texas
It was a real shock ... there is absolutelyno green on his head anymore... i almost thought someone was messing with mymind and switched ducks on me...lol
 

goosedragon

Songster
10 Years
Mar 28, 2009
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Central NC
Yes every year when the mating season is over the boys take off their bright colors (there to attract the ladies) and get dull so the predators can't find them so easily.
 

Ducklove334

Off to another pond
11 Years
Nov 4, 2008
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Virginia
my mallard boys going through his fall moult right now, he's lost ALL that attractive silver on his belly, and the rust on his neck and chest, and now his head is losing his green feathers and...he looks absolutely depressed! LOL
 

xfilesnumber1fan

Songster
11 Years
Nov 24, 2008
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Missouri
My boys are done with the molt...They looked funny as girls..The darker one was killed 2 months ago...I sure miss him so does his brother...


 

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