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Could this be a drake?

post #1 of 8
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I know very little about sexing ducks, so forgive me if this is a stupid question.

 

I have two 6 week old Khaki Campbells, Chowder and Piper. Chowder has a white ring around his/her neck, is this just a random marking or a sign that its a boy? He/She is also darker then Piper.

 

post #2 of 8

Both look to be drakes, but pictures... A hen has the loud quake-drake much softer-more of a hissng/rasping sound.

post #3 of 8
Beside listening to their voice the only other way is to wait until they are a little older and get their coloring. Male will get a dark head with the white ring. Also look for a curled tail feather.
post #4 of 8
Sometimes when they are that age you can tell whether a Khaki Campbell is a male or female by the color of the bean on their bill. The males tend to have a dark almost black bean and the females have a lighter brown bean. This proved right for mine and then I could tell for sure once their drake feathers grew in. None of my Khaki Campbells ever had a white ring.
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Originally Posted by frenchbet View Post

Sometimes when they are that age you can tell whether a Khaki Campbell is a male or female by the color of the bean on their bill. The males tend to have a dark almost black bean and the females have a lighter brown bean. This proved right for mine and then I could tell for sure once their drake feathers grew in. None of my Khaki Campbells ever had a white ring.


 Their beans are light colored. What exactly is the "bean"? I know its that little thing on the bill, but what does it do/is it for? Vestigial egg tooth?

post #6 of 8
I'm thinking you may have 2 females if their beans are light in color. And I don't know what exactly the bean is for....if it has any purpose.
post #7 of 8

It's pretty hard to tell if Chowder or any duck at the age of 6 weeks is a male or female... . When my ducks were about that age, they were a similar breed to yours, and they looked like yours too. I thought they were all females because they just got all their feathers and were basically pure brown. But after a while of waiting some of them had new feathers grown around their heads and necks and I could tell for sure.

If, in about a month or so, Chowder or one of your ducks starts getting green, black, or another color on it's head and neck it's a drake.

 

But you don't have to tell just by the appearance, as, if they are male, they will develop a drakes' characteristics.

 

The drakes have more of a raspy, quite voice... while ducks have a loud quack sound, and they quack way more often.

If one is a drake, then it will start mating with the other, too.

 

I hope this somehow helped! :3

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Originally Posted by Jackyduckz View Post
 

It's pretty hard to tell if Chowder or any duck at the age of 6 weeks is a male or female... . When my ducks were about that age, they were a similar breed to yours, and they looked like yours too. I thought they were all females because they just got all their feathers and were basically pure brown. But after a while of waiting some of them had new feathers grown around their heads and necks and I could tell for sure.

If, in about a month or so, Chowder or one of your ducks starts getting green, black, or another color on it's head and neck it's a drake.

 

But you don't have to tell just by the appearance, as, if they are male, they will develop a drakes' characteristics.

 

The drakes have more of a raspy, quite voice... while ducks have a loud quack sound, and they quack way more often.

If one is a drake, then it will start mating with the other, too.

 

I hope this somehow helped! :3


It was very helpful, thank you. :)

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