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White duck molts to buff?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by OR4-hmom, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. OR4-hmom

    OR4-hmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was talking to a friend the other day, she had a white duck move onto her pond. They had to repair the outflow so they caught the ducks before draining the pond. While the white duck was contained in the run she molted and is now buff colored. Any guesses on her breed? She now wants more.
     
  2. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Hard to say, could be a large array of breeds including a mix. Any pics?
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    When we adopted Hazel, she was pearl white. But we knew she was a Buff, with bleached feathers. Once she molted, they came in buff colored.

    Here is a picture of Romy and Michele.

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    Romy, in front, had not molted in nearly a year.
     
  4. Carcajou

    Carcajou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Khaki Campbells seem to change feather patterns with each molt.
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I cannot find a Zwei 2013, but her head has gone almost completely white now.
     
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  6. JetCityVerde

    JetCityVerde Out Of The Brooder

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    We were just out of town for a few days and when we got back noticed that our all black duck - Gladys - looks like she's been plucked for pillows and has white spots all over now.

    We got her late last spring, and this spring she molted out her black crest and it came back in white and brown. I'm assuming this is a molt, too, but it seems really extreme. She just looks terrible. This is our first full year with the ducks, so we're still getting used to all of this. The others have been blowing feathers, but don't look as bad as poor Gladys.

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  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Did she seem to be getting ready to molt before you left? Sometimes going without food for a day or two can precipitate a molt - not casting accusations, just thinking out loud.
     
  8. JetCityVerde

    JetCityVerde Out Of The Brooder

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    She's been eating normally that we've seen, and we had a housesitter who was feeding them while we were gone. They've all been dropping feather this past week or so, including Gladys, but then poof, all gone and white down now.
     

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