Why would a black duck start growing white feathers?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by UbDucks, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. UbDucks

    UbDucks Out Of The Brooder

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    Just curious if anyone has heard of this. Runner female, all black, at around age two started growing white patches. First just a few feathers, now lots of white. Has been happening for about a year.
     
  2. DemonicFowl

    DemonicFowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's bleaching out. My cayuga's started bleaching a little ways back.
     
  3. Jessica89

    Jessica89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My female Cayuga has started growing a few white ones too!
     
  4. MamaRudey

    MamaRudey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Cayugas will be completely white by the end. It's how you can tell how old they are. Maybe black runners have the same thing?
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I have Runners - black and chocolate.

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    Zwei, a chocolate

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    Sieben, black

    It's called snow. I like it!
     
  6. veronicasmom

    veronicasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My two year old Muscovy hens were completely black when I got them at 6 months or so. They now have a white on their wings. It is pretty cool looking. I am assuming that they will get even whiter as they age.
     
  7. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's an age thing. I expect my Cayuga may get a white feather or too come the next molt.
     

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