Tail curls = boy, but what if it disappears?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Eggs4Sale, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2009
    We have 4 ducks, and all developed the tail curl the same week. Now, months later, three tails no longer have the curled feather. What's up with that?
     
  2. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    sometimes this happens when they molt.
     
  3. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2009
    Okay. They do seem to be molting. Especially the mallard, who ironically hasn't lost his curl.
     
  4. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just processed what I was on the fence about a couple days ago. Both my "ducks" turned out to be drakes. I assumed they were because of their curl and then it was comfirmed when we cut them open but one of them had more curl than the other.
     
  5. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2009
    We will be processing these 4 guys soon, but since we've never processed or eaten duck, DH is stalling.
     
  6. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was a little rougher on me than doing the chickens. Even though they were anti social, there was just something about them being ducks that made it harder for me to separate my feelings from my logic.
     
  7. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2009
    I understand that completely! They're so harmless, they can't even peck me. They run from me, they're not aggressive. They just seem like fluffy victims. [​IMG]

    We have 5 ducklings ready to take their place, though, so I'll have to get over it.
     
  8. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I have a chicken hen that developed 2 BIG, LONG, roo feathers then lost them with her first molt. it threw me for a loop, but im glad its a hen!
     
  9. kcardella

    kcardella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It will come back after they molt [​IMG]
     
  10. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Quote:I stall also - thankfully it does not drive my DH crazy. They taste so good, but the brats are so cute! I usually wait until the boys are driving me nuts - tugging on each other and bothering the girls. Once I am done processing, I feel better/great - just before hand [​IMG]
     

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