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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Duck Dad, Aug 19, 2013.
I have a one year old male Rouen who is losing feathers. Is that normal? If not what should I do?
Could be a normal Fall moult. Do you have pics to show us?
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Probably totally normal molting. Two of my boys who are about a year and 5 months old, are doing it too. Well, one is totally in eclipse plumage, and the other is starting. Dunno why the timing varies so much.
All 3 ducks in this pic are male. Bullwinkle, on the right, has totally molted. He hardly even had wings for a while...it was so funny to see such a big duck with such itty bitty wings, haha. Rocky, in the middle, is just starting to molt here - you can see some of the brown & black feathers coming through the gray on his side. Dexter at the far back left just got his "big boy" feathers recently, as he is only 6 months old.
I wasn't sure there was such a thing until I did a bit more research and heard from you folks. I don't have pictures at the moment but he looks a lot like the guy in the middle of the picture below! I feel a lot better. He acts fine, it's just a bit scary to see the big feathers fall out. I have a hutch that is off the ground that they normally fly out of in the morning but I realize now why he has been so skittish. I also have a male swede and it looks like he's next! Thanks for the support.