What is molting? Is this what is happening to my ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 1234duck, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. 1234duck

    1234duck Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have been meaning to ask, what is molting? Is it when your ducks lose a lot of feathers? Do chickens do the same? TODAY WAS THE WORST that I've seen so many larger type feathers in my Rouen Drakes pen. They are the feathers that are suppose to be on his wings. A few big all white feathers, a bunch of feathers which are brown & the other feathers have blue on them. Now that i think about it, I'm not sure that I had even seen any more feathers with blue on them, left on his body. It just seem so strange b/c the feathers are larger ones that belong on his wings.~ My first thought was that some thing was attacking him. In a different post I was told, yes it is normal for the drakes to change colors (darker feathers) at this time but, does that include losing a bunch of feathers too? Each day I have also noticed that the green on his head is disappearing, today almost all the green is gone. Thanks, ~Julie~
  2. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Molting occurs naturally when it is time for them to grow new feathers. They drop their existing feathers and begin growing new ones. Some lose a lot at one time others it is gradually. A hard molt is when they lose a lot or almost all their feathers at one time. Make sure you are feeding the ducks extra greens like peas, lettuces and kale....and if you can get some feeder goldfish for them once per week and let them chase them in a pool, that would be great for them too. Their nutrional needs increase when they are motling.

    Chickens molt too...most birds do. My ducks are molting right now as well, they will be beautiful again in a few weeks.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2011
  3. Speceider

    Speceider Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2011
    In the first year, a duck undergoes 3 body molts, after the first year, 2 body molts. Years, they amolt all winf feathers simultaneously and are flightless for about 1 month.


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