Understanding Duck Molting. Here’s What You Must Know!
Molting is a period when the duck is changing their feather by hair fall. This process also signs and basically as transition of duck from baby duck into adult duck that ready to production the new creature. So, it can say that this thing is ‘teenage’ process of a duck. This process usually happened after reproduction period.
Why duck change their feather? That’s naturally happened that also can tells you about transition process already done in the duck. This is the sign that the duck able to produce new creature. This is not sign that the duck is unhappy condition but this is naturally will happen for all after laying egg duck. There is the risk of this thing that will explain below.
For your information, when the duck is still baby, their feather is still thin and tend to softer. And that’s why when the baby duck facilitated to swimming, they can’t swim for too long because they can catch cold. But when they are growing and they feather changing getting into thicker, they can swim as long as they want. Beside it getting thicker, the colour is also change. When the duck is still baby, their feather is dominantly yellow and when they are getting into old, the colour is following their race. Mostly the colour is combination with black and white. So, there is green-black-white, brown-black-white, or dominantly brown and black or only white colour.
But, duck molting actually isn’t only about baby-adult feather changing colour but it makes the duck really bald and effect another thing that related to them.
Here are some facts of duck molting that you should know.
- The farmer really hates this period because it decreases the production
Molting process usually takes 1-2 months. This is not a short time for poultry industries which really work with dateline. Everyday they need to produce something new, such like egg maximumly. Molting process kills the duck ability to produce maximum egg. They datelined to produce new egg in the middle of molting duck condition isn’t big deal to do. There is so much risk, energy, time, and additional budget that have to prepared. In the end, many farmers decide to takes new potential young duck that ready to entering breeding process. Is it just replace it out? Nope! There is process behind it. It needs to be screening to choosing best quality duck, prepared accidentally budget and taking time to adaptation completely with the trial and error. By those steps, it is like rebuilding your poultry same as when you start this business. And, remake something that already done before isn’t easy.
- Takes long away
As tells you before that duck molting can takes 1-2 months, you have to remember that not every duck is ‘stop molting’ in the second months. Even tough born as same duck, their ability to face or respond molting is different. There is survive enough and there is need longer time to deal with the molting and recovery time.
When the duck is entering molting time which takes so long, farmer may already loss for some subject. That’s because their egg production count by tailed so if one duck won’t able to produce the eggs, and if there is a dozen duck that entering molting, you can imagine how much they loss by only this naturally something which is even not a disease.
There are people who trust that it is the sign of transition but it is true if you trust it as that. It is not true but also not a fault at the same time. What ever what you believe of this happen, all duck will face this problem. There is still survive but also takes a long adaptation of this process. It doesn’t mean that they can’t survive and they are died, but there is the duck passed this period soon and another duck needs sooner.
This is won’t kill the duck but if there is the duck that need longer time, it assumes as ‘sick duck’. Although, on poultry farm we work with time, we need the egg as soon as possible. We can’t wait anymore because we don’t surely know when the duck can survive and comeback as normally duck. That’s why the farmer is really hates this period.