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1 Showing moulting ducks on Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:32 pm

Giddyup

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Well it seems of course that the ducks are always molting, or have moulted out of their nuptial plumage for show season.
Wondering what guidelines people think of when deciding to bring them or not. My best duck just lost all primary feathers and I'll bet pinfeathers will barely be visible, so thinking she will stay home. The youngsters look good of course, feathers are great condition but colours are off. The mature male is nearly in complete eclipse plumage.
Apparently you just go for it and preference may be given to a bird in nuptial plumage.
The saxony drake has completed his moult being a little older so at least he looks great!
by the way, which way to you spell molt...?? lol
Appreciate your thoughts....

2 Re: Showing moulting ducks on Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:34 am

viczoe

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Giddyup I spell it "Molt" and yes it is the time of year for wild patterned male ducks such as the Rouens, Grey calls and Grey Runners and Mallards to be in their eclipese molt(mine are) which takes place after the normal breeding season is over for the season. When they lose their green head color etc. they somewhat or look like girls(note I said somewhat)When judging them the standard states that allowances are to be made for normal season patern changes in these breeds. So I would say if you have 2 birds excately alike in all respects, then you would choose the bird in it's nupial plumage. But you seldom get to birds that are excatly the same with the same amount of cuts so it is possible for a bird in ecplise plumage to prevail. But when you reach the higher awards such as Best of breed where you might have young birds in proper color or females and Champion waterfowl that the ecplise plumage may play a role. But Type should be weighted more importantly than color at any rate.

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3 Re: Showing moulting ducks on Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:42 pm

Giddyup

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Thank you Viczoe, I need to remember that we're all in the same boat when it comes to these kinds of ducks. These are my australian spotteds too so they are not eligible for the big awards anyway. I will likely be competing against myself, hopefully one or two other people, in the local fair.

4 Re: Showing moulting ducks on Sat Aug 20, 2011 11:25 am

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Alright, entries are due in today and my "old drake" has dropped all his primaries. My Old Duck's pinfeathers are out more, but still in casings. I didn't enter her as I didn't think she'd be ready. I thought he'd hang onto his long enough.
I'm thinking they should both stay home.
I would have liked to bring him so thought I would see the opinions here as to dropped feathers.
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