When?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by The Red Rooster, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    When will my mallard get his mature freathers in? It seems like he's really taking his time!!
     
  2. mr.mc.

    mr.mc. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol I was just thinking about that. [​IMG]
    sorry I dont think I can help. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011
  3. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

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    Mine were born mid April. The boys have almost turned colors now, but their heads are still patchy green.
     
  4. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    mr.mc. :

    lol I was just thinking about that. [​IMG]
    sorry I dont think I can help. [​IMG]

    Thats fine! [​IMG]
     
  5. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    Quote:Yeah mine are getting some feather's on the head.
     
  6. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    12-20 weeks, but the fall plumage is probably going to be eclipse.
     
  7. Chriswardens52

    Chriswardens52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oregon Blues what is eclipse plumage actually?
     
  8. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Males have 2 different feather patterns. When they are courting, during the mating season, they are brightly colored to attract the females.

    Outside of breeding season, they are colored much like the females, in order to not attract predators.

    Bright colors is "nuptial plumage", dull colors is "eclipse plumage".
     
  9. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow. Thanks, Oregon Blues. One more thing I have learned on here. [​IMG]
     

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