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Welsh Harlequin Gender Question

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We ordered four sexed welsh harlequins (females) from Metzer Farms. They are a little over five months old now. Two looked very similar once they began to get their feathers - both had fairly dark heads and markings. One has continued to get lighter, but this one has gotten darker and darker. Does this look like a male or a female to you, or could the difference at this age still be unclear?

Thanks so much!
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Looks a lot like my WH drake Donald
post #3 of 7

I think you most likely have a hen.  By this age, the drake's bill usually starts to turn olive green.

Does it quack?

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Looks like a young golden phase (welsh harlequin) male to me, one of my males didn't get his green beak until he was fully mature


Edited by Lozuufy - 10/27/15 at 6:11am
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Interesting. Thanks for the input! "Her" beak actually seems slightly greenish at the tip. I thought she used to quack, but we had her in a big group of other ducks, and she does seem to be making a different sound than the other ladies (but also different from my male Golden 300) I suppose I should pick her up tomorrow and see what sound she makes!
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That tail looks like it wants to curl.  I am really interested to see what you think when you pick her up tomorrow.  I am looking at that band on her leg - is it really tight?  It should be removed as soon as possible if you can, they can cause circulation problems if they are too tight - and worse if it is restricting blood supply. 

 

Girl or boy, that is one gorgeous duck!  :love

Learning through living with my 8 ducks -  1 Chocolate Runner, 1 Blue Runner, 1 Fawn and White Runner, 1 Khaki Campbell, 2 Welsh Harlequins and 2 Pekins
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Learning through living with my 8 ducks -  1 Chocolate Runner, 1 Blue Runner, 1 Fawn and White Runner, 1 Khaki Campbell, 2 Welsh Harlequins and 2 Pekins
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Sorry if my post was confusing, I meant to say golden phase welsh harlequin ;)

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