Why Is My WH Drake`s Head Turning Color?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Akpahsj, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Akpahsj

    Akpahsj Out Of The Brooder

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    So I have a Welsh Harlequin Drake and when we first got him his head was a beautiful green with a little bit of greyish brownish speckles around his eyes, but now his head is mostly that color, only a little bit of green is left!
    I heard something about them molting, but I don`t really know, as I am very new to ducks! [​IMG]

    So what does this meanÉ thanks!
     
  2. Chriswardens52

    Chriswardens52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He is going through his molt. Thats all its nothing to worry about . Haha enjoy your ducks
     
  3. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    My Harlequins look very pale and colourless during a molt- more so the males, but I did notice that after molt the females looked even better than before the molt in their first year.
     
  4. secretquail

    secretquail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HAHA! I've been wondering the same thing! I thought my drake was going grey!
     
  5. pirtykitty

    pirtykitty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My welsh harlequin drake is molting too... He is 2 years old.. hopefully his head and neck will get a little greener in the spring... It does look funny as he's part grey and part green right now.. noticed his drake feathers are gone again too.. Daisy won't be too far behind.. Alas no eggs for a few months...
     
  6. Rosebud 18

    Rosebud 18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My WH drake was 3 months old on the 4th of July and I noticed today that he has the curl in his tail feather. His head is dark and you can see a green sheen beginning to show on his head, especially when he is in the sun. Mine haven't molted yet and they are such beautiful ducks.
     
  7. roocrazy

    roocrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    its called eclipes stage. all drake of mallard derives have it.
     
  8. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Right on! They tend to get less showy after breeding season and return to fancy courting colors when it is time to attract the ladies again.
     

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