Monday, 4 March 2013

Moulting runner

Runner duck moulting Mar 13

We have had our ducks since September last year but so far none of them have moulted. That, I think, is changing. The runner seems to be shedding her feathers but unlike the hens, they seem to grow new feathers before the old ones are discarded. I snapped the picture above on my blackberry this morning. It's not the best quality picture but you can just make out the two different layers of feathers. We don't think she is laying yet but perhaps the moult is a sign she is maturing. Eggs could be on the way soon from her though, if the hens are anything to go by, a few weeks are needed before laying starts after a moult.

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