FORCED MOLTING: This Can Make Old Ducks Productive Once More For 10 To 12 Months

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WHEN your ducks are getting old and you have problems in getting replacement stocks, you can make them lay for a second round. This can be done through what Bernie Paller, formerly of Robina Farms, calls forced molting.

Forced Molting can extend the productive life of old ducks.
Forced Molting can extend the productive life of old ducks.

Forced molting is one management tool by which a duck raiser can extend the productive life of his flock for another 10 to 12 months. Usually, Paller said, many ducks are retired after 18 months of laying. That’s the time when productivity goes down and the eggshells become thin and crack easily.

Through forced molting, the very weak are removed. The process starts with no water for the birds for two days and no feeds for 10 days. This is to stop them from laying and to spot thevery weak and deformed which have to be eliminated. Normally 3 to 5 percent of ducks are culled while the rest are rehabilitated.

In the first two days, feed and warer are withheld. On the third day only water is given up to the 10th day. If the birds are very hungry, however, only green feeds may be given.

On the 11th day, 10 kilos of corn are given to every 100 birds. This is done for 28 days.

After that, Paller recommends full feeding of the birds with duck layer feed. In three weeks, the ducks will start laying again. And they will do so for the next 10 to 12 months.

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3 thoughts on “FORCED MOLTING: This Can Make Old Ducks Productive Once More For 10 To 12 Months

  1. Hello Sir I am from Cebu City,

    I would like to ask how can I acquire ducklings for starters for this kind of breed.

    Is there a supplier here in Cebu City. Please email me at blueisland2003@yahoo.com

    Thank you so much.

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