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what breed is this?? (and how to sex a duck)

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Weird story....so I go to the chicken coop this morning to let my chickens out for the day and my 2 Pekin ducks are waiting for me as usual. But there is an extra duck with them that's not mine. I'm guessing someone dropped it off. Does anyone know what breed of duck this is and how do u tell male from female? I only know that the 2 I have are female because they lay eggs. the rooster came with the duck looks like a mixed breed of some sort.
Edited by michelle2468 - 10/21/15 at 9:09am
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It looks like a Blue Swedish maybe? Possibly a mixed breed with that extra white around her face. Whatever she is, she is BEAUTIFUL! 

 

Male ducks will have what's known as a "drake curl" above their tail. They are curly feathers that sit above their tail, but they don't get these until they are around 4 months old or so. But the easiest way to tell a duck's sex is by their voice. Females do the iconic "quack" everyone is familiar with. Quite noisy. But males have a quieter, raspy voice. Does this duck make the same sounds as your two females? If so, it's a girl! If it has a raspy, quieter voice, it's a male. ;)

 

Very cool to get new surprise birds! I guess someone needed to find a home for them and since they obviously knew you had ducks and chickens, they figured you'd take care of them. Still, would've been nice to have been asked first I'm sure, but I just love that new duck of yours!

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Y​es, she is beautiful and thank you for you input. Going from what you said I'm guessing she is a female. She just goes along with the other ducks like she's been here all along. She is a little skittish but I'm sure she will warm up to us. I ended up finding another rooster so I ended up with a new duck and 2 new roosters. I'm crazy about all my birds so I don't mind taking them but yes it would have been nice to have been asked... It was a strange morning finding my new critters in my yard...lol

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