Should molting ducks swim?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Mixed flock enthusiast, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Mixed flock enthusiast Crowing

    May 21, 2018
    Stillwater, OK
    Hello, we have five ducks, all female. Four are Welsh Harlequin type layers and one domestic mallard. They had laid phenomenally well since last fall, but about six weeks ago, two went broody and all laying tapered off... About two weeks ago, I started finding feathers and they molted some of their down. Now they’ve entered a hard molt and most have lost many flight feathers. It’s very hot here and I’d like them to be able to cool off in our pond, where they go when we are home and can watch them. They were flightless anyway, so I wouldn’t expect predator issues to be any different. But what about swimming? Can they still swim normally? Anything else I should be thinking about with going into the pond? Thanks!
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    I wouldn’t think they’d have any trouble swimming mine still get into the pool when they are molting but that isn’t a pond.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I had a series of small ponds that I created in a creek at the base of our property. I never had problems with molting birds using them. That being said they were never denied access to the ponds and constantly preened and maintained oil level on their feathers. If your birds have been denied access to swimming, that may change things.
  4. quackiemama

    quackiemama Crowing

    Dec 26, 2018
    Mine still swam while molting too
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  5. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    They definitely can swim during molting. :frow
  6. ketojenn

    ketojenn Crowing

    Jun 18, 2018
    North Dakota
    I figure, let them do duck things. Swimming is joy for ducks.
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