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We just got 2 Pekin ducklings from TSC and they are about a week old.  We know they are Pekin but we don't know what genders they are.  Here are some questions:

 

1. At what age do drakes get their "drake feather"

2. When do they start to make the noises to tell if they are a boy or girl?  (What age?)

3. Does bill color contribute to gender at all?

 

Thank you!

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Meet the Feather Mountain Flock!
Peep (Amerucana), Frosting (Delaware), Hazel (Speckled Sussex), Circuit (Buckeye), Paisley (White Cochin), Mr. Stella (Birchen Cochin Bantam), Lacey (Golden Laced Wyandotte), Aurora, (Splash Andalusian), Venus (Blue Andalusian), Twinkie (Buff Orpington), Raven (Australorp), Winston (Salmon Faverolle) and 2 Pekin ducks! Mini and Hercules!
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We just got 2 Pekin ducklings from TSC and they are about a week old.  We know they are Pekin but we don't know what genders they are.  Here are some questions:

 

1. At what age do drakes get their "drake feather"

2. When do they start to make the noises to tell if they are a boy or girl?  (What age?)

3. Does bill color contribute to gender at all?

 

Thank you!

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 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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We just got 2 Pekin ducklings from TSC and they are about a week old.  We know they are Pekin but we don't know what genders they are.  Here are some questions:

 

1. At what age do drakes get their "drake feather"

2. When do they start to make the noises to tell if they are a boy or girl?  (What age?)

3. Does bill color contribute to gender at all?

 

Thank you!

 

If I'm remembering correctly, I started seeing signs of my guy's drake feather around 8-10 weeks.  It was a bit later than that when I started noticing their voices being different, but these were my first 4 ducklings last Spring.  I have one drake and one female Pekin.  My girl's bill is definitely lighter in color, but I have no idea when that difference showed up.  I'm not sure if this is typical for the breed or just how my two ended up.  :)

 

Congrats on your new babies!  Feel free to share pics.  :D

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Helpful general duck info for newbies:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/256233/ducks-sticky-topics-index

Link to Metzer duck breed comparison chart:  http://www.metze...

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Love my family...8 ducks, 4 cats, 2 dogs, a boyfriend, grown-up son & BYC lamps!

Check out new BYC photo contest:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1124563/official-byc-contest-post-your-best-poultry-dust-bathing-pics/0_30  

Helpful general duck info for newbies:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/256233/ducks-sticky-topics-index

Link to Metzer duck breed comparison chart:  http://www.metze...

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