Why are my ducks loosening feathers

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by tropperduck, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. tropperduck

    tropperduck New Egg

    Jul 28, 2013
    Anyone know why my ducks are losing feathrs :lol:
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    It is likely that they are molting. Ducks (and other birds, such as chickens) molt throughout summer and fall. They lose their feathers, and grow them back over a period of around six weeks.

    Another possibility is that your ducks are being pecked. Other ducks or birds may be pulling out the feathers. Some reasons for picking are not enough space, overcrowding, and insufficient feed or water. To stop picking, isolate the offending birds, or spray BlueKote onto the bare areas.

    I hope this helps!

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