Sexing Indian Runners? Help! - Page 2
Edited by Belba - 7/25/14 at 6:55pm
I think it has something to do with attracting females. 'Wild' (for lack of a better term) mallards are nore colorful and prettier than the females to attract the females. Peacock males shake their tailfeathersbat the females to gain their favorance. So (to me), it would only make sense if the Indian Runner's tailfeathers are used for the same purpose. Hope it helped!
Edited by Belba - 7/28/14 at 7:22am
Not all males show the sex curls, some fall off, etc.. Best to pick up the bird and see if it quacks or look on the Metzer's site for a demo video on sexing :) Also, depending on their colour variety you can sex by colour rather easily.. This is true for Grey runners, trouts, black, chocolates,etc..
My fawn and white runners are approximately 7 weeks old and the females have a definite quack and the drakes whisper and two have curly tails but the other male does not. However I did notice and it may be only the fawn and whites but my quacking girls have freckled bills and the whispering boys all have clear yellow bills at this age I do not know if it continues to adult hood as I am new to runners but at this stage there seems to be a color difference at least bill wise.
Has anyone else noticed this?